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Kol Menachem Chumash - The Gutnick Edition
"If I could have only one translation on a desert island, it would be this one."
TORAH FOR DUMMIES, ARTHUR KURZWEIL
"To my mind, there is no other published work that begins to rival this volume."
RABBI NORMAN LAMM, CHANCELLOR, YESHIVAH UNIVERSITY
"A monumental contribution to the understanding of Torah."
KAREN BACON, DEAN, STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, YESHIVAH UNIVERSITY
"A gift to people of faith... I have read many of the newer Bible translations, and this one is by far the one with the most clarity... If one lived as long as Noah, with only this book to read, it would satisfy."
AMAZON.COM, TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Beautifully produced and lovingly edited, this work is an invaluable addition to the library of Jewish scholarship and one which reminds us, yet again, of the towering stature of the Lubavitcher Rebbe as a teacher and exponent of Torah."
PROFESSOR JONATHAN SACKS, CHIEF RABBI OF THE UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATIONS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
"Rabbi Miller has gathered the teachings of the Rebbe on Chumash... there was nobody in his generation who merited to spread Torah, to expand it and strengthen it, like him... I offer you encouragement in your work."
RABBI ISRAEL MEIR LAU, FORMER CHIEF RABBI OF ISRAEL
"As you open the Chumash you immediately appreciate the time and effort that was put into making the Chumash highly readable and easy to understand... anyone can appreciate this Sefer by his careful selection of words to translate and explain difficult themes... The layout of this Chumash makes it perfect for synagogue use."
SHIMON GOLDING, THE JEWISH PRESS
"Original, authentic, fascinating & enlightening."
RABBI PINCHAS STOLPER, LAKEWOOD NJ, FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ORTHODOX UNION
"The structure of the work, its layout, conciseness and style are superb!"
RABBI YOSEF Y. JACOBSON, NOTED LECTURE
"I am very impressed by Miller's terse and communicative style. None of the long sentences, redundancies, passive verbs and obtuse vocabulary that plague so much of Torah literature today... and all my blessings for hatzlacha l'maaleh min hamishuar!"
TZVI FREEMAN, AUTHOR OF 365 MEDITATIONS AND BRINGING HEAVEN DOWN TO EARTH
"The text is both meaty and readable, and can appeal to people at many different levels of prior knowledge and reading ability... The text is crystal clear."
URI KAPLOUN, AUTHOR AND TRANSLATOR OF MANY CLASSIC TEXTS, INCLUDING LIKKUTEI DIBBURIM, AND THE ALTER REBBE'S SHULCHAN ARUCH
"The presentation of the Sichos in such an amazingly clear manner is an unbelievable art. This is long overdue! Even those who know the Sichos from the original can now look at the synopsis and have a clear picture..."
RABBI SHLOMA MAJESKY, DEAN OF MACHON CHANA SEMINARY. LECTURER AND AUTHOR ON CHASSIDIC THOUGHT
"Rabbi Miller did not use the work as a medium to portray his vast knowledge of the English language, and burden the reader with terminology that is often unfamiliar to the reader. The entire text is written in a way that makes it pleasant to read and easy to comprehend...Rabbi Miller successfully managed to present the English reading community a glimpse of some of the Rebbe's greatness."
RABBI MOSHE BOGOMILSKY, RABBI OF CONGREGATION YESHIVA OF CROWN HEIGHTS, AUTHOR OF VEDIBARTA BAM
"This magnificently produced volume is indeed a major work and a notable contribution to authentic Judaica in English in general, and to "yefutzu mayonosecha chutza" in particular."
RABBI NISSEN MANGEL, AUTHOR OF VARIOUS WORKS. ASSISTED WITH PUBLICATION OF THE ALTER REBBE'S SHULCHAN ARUCH, TANYA AND SIDDUR
"The unique advantage of this Chumash is that the editor did not limit himself to short sayings and aphorisms, but he gives the reader the main part of the sicha, in clear and succinct language."
RABBI YEHUDA LEIB ALTEIN, DIRECTOR OF HEICHAL MENACHEM, BORO PARK. MEMBER OF EDITORIAL BOARD OF VA'AD LEHAFOTZAS SICHOS
"...You have done a great thing to bring the word of Hashem to broader circles, bringing the holy commentary of Rashi as it is illuminated by the commentary Toras Menachem."
RABBI AVRAHAM DOV AUERBACH, AV BEIS DIN, TIBERIUS
"I want to give you a tremendous 'Yasher Koach' for the magnificent service you have performed for Klal Yisroel and for Lubavitch... The substance is magnificent as is the appearance and 'feel' of the Chumash."
RABBI MOSHE FELLER, DIRECTOR OF UPPER MIDWEST MERKOS
"It is printed in a very beautiful manner, very presentable and an honor for the Rebbe and Lubavitch."
RABBI YITZCHAK GRONER, THE YESHIVAH CENTER, AUSTRALIA
"It looks good, reads well and teaches much. Everywhere I go people speak of this work with excitement and appreciation."
RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN, NOTED LECTURER
"The Chumash has opened a new channel of Torah study, in which both novice and scholar will greatly benefit."
RABBI AVRAHAM OSDOBA, BEIS DIN OF CROWN HEIGHTS
"...A beautiful and enduring binding, the clear and illuminating print, and the fine paper... It offers a succinct synopsis of selected passages from the prolific treasure of the Rebbe's profound and wide-ranging insights on the Chumash. The original versions go into great details... The editor, however, managed to make them very readable and accessible..."
RABBI J. IMMANUEL SCHOCHET, NOTED AUTHOR AND LECTURER
"With the release of this Chumash... new windows were opened up to the public, into the Rebbe's interpretations of the Torah... The accomplishment is great and the zechus is overwhelming..."
RABBI YEHUDA LEIB SCHAPIRO, ROSH YESHIVA, GREATER MIAMI
"A brilliant piece of work... an English language Chumash suitable for everyday and synagogue use. The execution is ingenious, the language lucid and highly readable, the concepts well-explained."
RABBI YANKI TAUBER, EDITOR CHABAD.ORG
"The handsome Chumash is ideal for those tasting of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Sichos for the first time, looking for the right word in translation, and as a rich resource for Torah speaking opportunities... outstanding value."
RABBI GERSHON TANNENBAUM, MENAHEL OF IGGUD HARABBONIM OF THE UNITED STATES
"At last! A lucid presentation of the gems of the Rebbe's Torah Scholarship. Rabbi Miller has succeeded beyond expectation in a difficult task... This should become a standard text for all Lubavitcher High schools."
RABBI LEVY WINEBERG, TRANSLATOR OF LESSONS IN TANYA
"It contains a phenomenal, organized anthology... something suitable for every reader."
RABBI AVRAHAM ZVI WOSNER, RAV AT MACHON L'TORAH U'LHORA'AH, VA'AD HARABBONIM OF VA'AD MISHMERES STAM
"...It contains explanations adapted with expertise by Talmidei Chachomim...a beautiful work."
RABBI GAVRIEL ZINNER, AUTHOR OF SIFREI NITEI GAVRIEL
"I must say that your Chumash is one of the top ten English publications of the past decade. I have five shiurim a week with Balei Batim in your Chumash."
RABBI YITZCHOK WOLF, DEAN LUBAVITCH HEBREW DAY SCHOOL, CHICAGO
"Words alone do not suffice for the appreciation and gratitude I have for you for the masterful piece of work you put together in publishing Chumash Shemos with the Rebbe's commentary. I have given the Chumash to over 100 of our Balei Batim and the response has been overwhelming. I urge all Shluchim to consider doing the same with their Balei Batim. They will treasure the gift, and more importantly, they will study the Rebbe's teachings thus further strengthening their bond with the Rebbe."
RABBI MOSHE D. BRYSKI, CHABAD OF CONEJO, CA
"The seforim are in use and being very much enjoyed - particularly by a team of scholars who have just translated Shemos into Polish and were deeply pleased with the English translation and notes of the Kol Menachem."
YOSSEL KANOFSKY, DIRECTOR RONALD S. LAUDER FOUNDATION, POLAND
We have many different versions of the Chumash (5 Books of Moses or Torah) at our house. They are all gathering dust since we purchased the Gutnick Edition! This Chumash is FANTASTIC and explicates all of the complex and confusing parts of the Torah for the average layperson as well as for the experienced Torah scholar. It clearly does not push one sect of Judaism over any other. (Frankly, I found the negative comment about this book promoting Jewish "cults" from a previous reviewer to be absurd.) The Hebrew-English translation is excellent and the commentaries from the greatest Torah scholars of the ages are extremely helpful in interpreting the text. No serious Torah student should be without this extremely useful guide!
YAEL TZIVIA, AMAZON.COM REVIEWER
"Over the years I have used a variety of Chumashim – including the Hertz Pentateuch, the Stone Edition, the Living Torah – but I have to admit that this is the first time that I have been really excited by a Chumash."
H. ABRAMSON, ARIZONA
"I just purchased and have started reading your new work. It is an excellent addition to any English Jewish Library, and offers the valuable opportunity to study Chumash and the teachings of the Rebbe simultaneously, even when time is limited."
DAVID COTLAR M.D., HOUSTON, TEXAS
"I purchased the Shemos volume from Eichlers and find it is everything I have been waiting for in a Chumash."
RICK BLUM PH.D., LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, CONNECTICUT
"I am a college student at the University of Maryland. Just wanted to let everyone who has worked on this Chumash know that I have never been more impressed, and that everyone who sees me with it is hooked after reading only a few pages."
Provides the weekly readings in clear style... Although not an academic book, the academic reader concerned with the reception of biblical text will find in it many things of interest.
REVIEW OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE
The well-researched and splendidly presented edition hits on many marks .... Above all, the text is very readable...The translation proves to be very useful, easy, and illuminating. Still, the real treat here is the second fresh aspect of this edition: the commentary by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson....For those who enjoy a touch of mysticism, and certainly for those whose whole essence includes it, there is no one better to deliver it than the Rebbe, a veritable heavyweight and thoughtful Jewish philosopher.
THE JEWISH PRESS
Rambam 13 Principles of Faith - The Slager Edition
Aesthetically beautiful... loaded with a tremendous amount of very useful information, magnificently organized and very helpful to every reader, no matter his or her background in Torah learning.
RABBI BENJAMIN BLECH, AUTHOR OF THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF TALMUD AT YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
A brilliant body of work that traces Maimonides' ideas back to their roots in core textual sources... I would not be exaggerating if I said that by addressing these core issues Rabbi Miller has opened up the gates of true understanding to the English speaking Jewish community.
RABBI SHLOMO YAFFE, CHABAD OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY
I am very impressed by Rabbi Chaim Miller's anthology-analysis of Rambam's Principles of Faith – Principles VIII-IX. Evidently a lot of thought, and immense effort and labor, went into producing this illuminating work. The scholarship is profound and thorough, yet the arrangement of the material is well-organized into easily understandable lessons following a logical sequence of issues and concepts implicit in the basic principles, to present a user-friendly text from which both scholar and layman will benefit greatly. The insertion of invaluable insights from Chassidic sources, and in particular from the vast treasure of the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, provide a truly original work which casts new light and understanding into this all-important subject-matter. I congratulate "Kol Menachem – The Gutnick Library of Jewish Classics" for providing this intellectually, spiritually and physically beautiful volume, and look forward to the joy of subsequent installments.
RABBI J. IMMANUEL SCHOCHET, NOTED SCHOLAR AND AUTHOR
This book is a revelation for all Klal Yisrael; the foundations of chasidic thought have never been available in such detail. It should be incorporated into the school curiculum at many different levels; it is an ideal tool for shluchim, especially those devoted to adult education and campus work, and it is required knowledge for every G-d fearing Jew.
RABBI NOSSON GURARY PhD., SHLIACH TO BUFFALO, NY. AUTHOR OF BOOKS ON CHASIDIC THOUGHT
Without exaggeration this is one of the finest resource/study texts that I have encountered in the English language. Together with meticulous methodical research, clarity, lucidity in writing and comprehensiveness, this volume is filled with important informative knowledge and relevant concepts.
Your format of structuring the work in specific lessons, organized by excellent analysis of the subject makes this a natural and effective book to be used in both adult education and formal school environments... Almighty G-d granted you the ability and merit to bring holy concepts to the wider community in a manner that is easily digestible and enjoyable. The Rebbe surely has much nachas from you as you prepare the world for the coming of Moshiach.
RABBI SHOLOM D. LIPSKAR, THE SHUL, BAL HARBOR, FLORIDA
A thorough presentation of Judaism's core principles, this book is an excellent resource which will join the ranks of the few, far too few, books that dispel myths and offer a sophisticated approach to Jewish thought, both for individual and group study. Its step by step lessons do all the homework for you, providing teachers with a fully prepared series of classes.
RABBI SIMON JACOBSON, AUTHOR TOWARD A MEANINGFUL LIFE
The first impression that strikes any student of Rambam's Mishneh Torah is the perfection of its thematic structure. The second is its distinctive lucidity. Little wonder, then, that when a scholar who is steeped in the writings of Rambam addresses a classic subject such as his Thirteen Principles of Faith, he produces a masterpiece that emulates those qualities quite spontaneously - structure and lucidity. In this work, echoing Rambam's own writings, each Principle divides into a dozen or so closely-defined lessons, and each lesson in turn comprises self-sufficient subsections. Rabbi Chaim Miller has created a mosaic of rare beauty.
URI KAPLOUN, TRANSLATOR OF THE ALTER REBBE'S SHULCHAN ARUCH, LIKUTEI DIBURIM AND OTHER CHASIDIC TEXTS
Congratulations and thanks for another fine piece of scholarship and presentation. The clarity of the layout and of the explanation make it accessible to all, without sacrificing depth. I look forward to a Hebrew edition, which will contain the original sources, for Yeshiva students and Lomdim (scholars)... Chazak ve'ematz!
RABBI LEVY WINEBERG, RAV OF JOHANNESBURG S.A., TRANSLATOR OF LESSONS IN TANYA
I was impressed with this work...Since these are "Principles of Faith" it is essential that they be clearly understood so that there be no misinterpretations nor misunderstandings. Studying a sefer such as this which is based on the interpretations and insights of the Rebbe ZT"L ensures that one will have the proper Hashkofa (philosophical approach) and true understanding of these principles.
The wonder of this sefer is that Rabbi Miller, who compiled this work, gathered all the relevant information that are found in the Rebbe's prolific writings. This has now been collected in one sefer and this will make it possible for one to find all the Rebbe's explanations on these subjects in one place with complete clarity.
Yashar Kochacha for this immense undertaking and for the worthy contribution this will give to those who study the works of the Rebbe.
RABBI Y. LEIB SCHAPIRO, DEAN OF YESHIVAH GEDOLAH RABBINICAL COLLEGE OF MIAMI
A true masterpiece! The clarity with which each opinion is presented and the entire structure of the book is phenomenal....As one who has been working with this subject for years, it is a teacher's dream come true.
RABBI SHLOMA MAJESKI, PRINCIPAL MACHON CHANA SCHOOL FOR WOMEN
Congratulations on releasing a book that deals with the fundamentals of our faith. The chapters address core questions of our belief with clarity and lucidity and bring to light many of the Rebbe's teachings on the subject. This book should be added to the curriculum of high-school students.
RABBI SHOLOM BER GRONER, JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
I couldn't put it down for over a week!
RABBI CHAIM MENTZ, CHABAD OF BEL AIR
Despite the ferment plea of the Rambam, for the primacy of the study of the fundamentals of our belief system, this cardinal discipline has hitherto remained an esoteric, arcane closed book, impenetrable and unintelligible to the average layman. Now, for the first time the Gutnick Library of Jewish Classics has made the Rambam's Principle of Faith - the most widely accepted creedal statement of Judaism – accessible to all.
In a masterful, monumental achievement, combining remarkable scholarly erudition, extensive research, elegance and eloquence of style with clarity and lucidity, the editors have managed to synopsize complex, enigmatic theological issues without sacrificing accuracy and profundity.
Drawing upon the classical figures of medieval Jewish philosophy together with the illuminating light of Chasidic thought, the reader is offered a panoramic view, breathtaking in depth and scope, of the very essence of Jewish belief. This indispensable, authoritative, seminal work, which is both comprehensive and systematic, does not shy away from grappling with philosophical issues of particular interest to the modern reader. Both the scholar and the uninitiated, the seeker and the committed will find great insights, inspiration and material for further reflection in this veritable trove.
RABBI YOSEF Y. CHAZAN, HOLY LAW SOUTH BROUGHTON CONGREGATION, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
Your taking the "Rambam's Thirteen Principles of Faith" from the back burner of Jewish scholarship and putting them on the front burner is a monumental service to Klal Yisrael! Rabbi Miller's brilliant, pervasive mind and soul satisfying exposition of Principles Eight and Nine is amazing – unparalleled! Your applying the Rebbe's teachings to these principles is nothing less than paving the way for the arrival of Moshiach tzidkenu.
RABBI MOSHE FELLER, EXECUTUVE DIRECTOR, CHABAD-LUBAVITCH - UPPER MIDWEST MERKOS
Your book was released today in Yerushalayim, and somehow already made its way to the Mayanot Zal (Study Hall)... When I picked up your absolutely astonishing and awesome work that was on the table, right before putting my talis on, I couldn't put it down for well over an hour.
I am enthralled by your idea, and more importantly, by the extraordinarily effective and brilliant manner in which you carried it out.
Finally the Rebbe's Torah is being presented in all its grandeur, intensity and genius... This is the TRUE hafatzas ha'mayanos, showing how yesodos ha-Torah and pnimiyus ha-Torah are one and the same and completely interdependent.
RABBI SHMUEL BRAUN, MAYANOT INSTITUTE OF JEWISH STUDIES
Bravo! on a brilliant and beautiful articulation of the Rebbe's essential, illuminatory Torah on the fundamentals of Yiddishkeit.
It is imperative to disseminate this work - starting with Lubavitch's own English -speaking population. I encourage you to have it translated into Hebrew and other languages. This volume is hafatzas ha'mayanos at its finest. Kein Yirbeh!
RABBI MOISHE NEW, MONTREAL TORAH CENTER
This is a stupendous book which will be much valued by Jewish scholars as well as those interested in the history of Jewish theology.
DAN COHN-SHERBOK, PROFESSOR OF JEWISH THEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF WALES. AUTHOR AND EDITOR OF OVER 80 BOOKS
I have finally had a chance to spend a lot of time with your newest volume, Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith, Principles Six and Seven—Prophecy. As always, I find your scholarship to be extraordinary. There are simply no English language books available that consistently offer the clarity, the source material, and profound insights of your volumes. I cherish each volume you’ve produced. The books are beautiful inside and out!
ARTHUR KURZWEIL AUTHOR OF TORAH FOR DUMMIES, AND KABBALAH FOR DUMMIES, AND PUBLISHER OF OVER 700 JEWISH BOOKS
For anyone who wants to examine the foundations of Torah Judaism up close, this is an essential work. Those unfamiliar with the material are led through with plenty of guidance, while even those who have studied for many years will find a new perspective.
RABBI TZVI FREEMAN, AUTHOR BRINGING HEAVEN DOWN TO EARTH
This volume brings together classical Jewish discussion of Maimonides' sixth and seventh principles dealing with the phenomenon of prophecy and the prophecy of Moses. Gathered here are the views of classical Jewish thinkers on the issues raised by Maimonides and the detailed discussions of these questions by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. The combination of this material with Rabbi Chaim Miller's pedagogical, analytical and translation skills presents the reader with an entrée into the lively dialogue on Jewish theological issues that has bridged the difficult gap between rational philosophy and a religion of faith for Jews throughout the ages. Included in the Rebbe's writings are many discussions of these principles, that are especially characterized by bringing together the contributions of Jewish philosophy and Hasidic thought. Making available the Rebbe's unique contribution in so beautiful a way is a great accomplishment.
PROF. LAWRENCE SCHIFFMAN, SKIRBALL DEPARTMENT OF HEBREW AND JUDAIC STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Rabbi Chaim Miller's multi-volume work on the Rambam's 13 Principles of Faith is monumental. His recent volume, Principles VI & VII Prophecy, is extraordinary. In one book, R. Miller has presented the Judaic teachings on prophecy, so that scholars and interested readers can appreciate its centrality in Torah and its prophecied restoration for our times. Speaking for and with G-d is our birthright. Bringing together the sages teachings over the centuries, illuminated further by the Lubavitcher Rebbe and other Chassidic luminaries on the topic of prophecy, elevates the subject for the current generations to its rightful station next to prayer, mitzvot and halachah.
J. ZOHARA MEYERHOFF, HIERONIMUS AUTHOR, THE KABBALISTIC TEACHINGS OF THE FEMALE PROPHETS
The Kol Menachem Hagaddah - The Slager Edition
I write these words on the eve of Purim. At this time of year I receive, from authors and favorite bookstores, a number of new Haggados shel Pesach. I choose one for special study. There is no doubt that this year my selection will be the Kol Menachem, compiled and adapted by my dear friend Rabbi Chaim Miller with commentary and insights from the works of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, ZT"L.
The layout of the basic Haggadah text is pleasing to the eye, artistically beautiful, and clear, and it contains explanatory notes which are helpful to the beginner Seder leader as well as to the most educated veteran.
But the commentary is the true tour de force of this work. It provides important material in four areas of interest: The text itself, Jewish law, personal growth, and mystical/inspirational themes. In each of these four areas, the editor is able to provide classical sources and comments from the Rebbe which are original, which are startlingly relevant to contemporary life, and which are of practical help to every level of reader.
I was particularly impressed by the material on personal growth, and the discussions of a large number of psychological and educational problems that we all face. For example, the Rebbe discusses the inner tensions that exist within us all; the darker side of the wise son; estranged brothers; shedding our preconceptions; dealing with the negative influences of our environment; and answers the provocative question, "Should Jews be insular?"
If there is a Haggadah for everyman, this is it. I heartily recommend this Haggadah to all who wish to be enlightened by the Rebbe's precious insights, and who wish to promote their own spiritual development and education of their inner selves.
RABBI DR. TZVI HERSH WEINREB, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ORTHODOX UNION
This beautiful new Haggadah presents the English reader with both classic explanations and a selection of the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, regarding the Exodus from Egypt, the Haggadah and the Seder rituals. The compiler has skillfully presented these teachings so as to provide illuminating insights that can be brought to the Passover table. Its availability with the Ashkenazic Haggadah text will clearly make it a wonderful selection for a wide cross-section of the Jewish community.
LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN, EDELMAN PROFESSOR OF HEBREW AND JUDAIC STUDIES, CHAIR OF THE SKIRBALL DEPARTMENT OF HEBREW AND JUDAIC STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
The Kol Menachem Haggadah continues in the style of the Gutnick Edition of the Chumash that we have come to so appreciate. The "Classic Questions" section provides immediate access and pithy commentary to fundamental issues raised by the Ba'alei Hagaddah, and the Toras Menachem offers the Rebbe's astute textual analyses and inspiring insights. This Haggadah will take a welcome place at our family seder.
KAREN BACON, DEAN, STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
"Sometimes a person's spiritual greatness is so overpowering that we lose sight of his supreme scholarship and towering intellect. The new Haggadah in the Kol Menachem series allows us to remind ourselves of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's uniqueness as master preacher and commentator, finding new insights in the passages well known to all of us at the Passover Seder rooted in fascinating and novel interpretations of classic texts. To peruse this outstanding collection of a Rabbinic giant of our times fills us with awe at the Rebbe's wisdom in every field of knowledge - and provides us with much new material to share with our families at the holiday meal that calls for discussion and dialogue."
RABBI BENJAMIN BLECH, AUTHOR OF THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM
The Gutnick Library of Jewish Classics once again presented a beautiful work with the Kol Menachem Haggadah. The set-up of the contents is very helpful and user-friendly: the Haggadah-text itself, the relevant instructions for the procedures of the Seder, the section of classic questions on the various passages and their answers, and the more elaborate commentary, are expertly separated with clear notation of the sources. In short, this new and attractively printed Haggadah is very handy and useful for everyone, and no doubt will help make the experience of the Seder both enlightening and inspiring. Thank you again for a job well done.
RABBI J. IMMANUEL SCHOCHET, PROFESSOR-EMERITUS OF PHILOSOPHY, HUMBER COLLEGE, TORONTO
There are many different Haggadot which can make the Seder more meaningful. Yet the Kol Menachem Haggadah is in a class by itself. Put together by Rabbi Chaim Miller, this beautifully produced volume presents for the first time the insights of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, on this central text. The Rebbe's enormous achievements in so many areas of Jewish life had the unintended consequence that many non-Lubavitchers are unaware of the Rebbe's complete mastery and exegetcal brilliance in all areas of Torah knowledge. Rabbi Miller is to be congratulated for helping bring the Rebbe's great insights to the wider Jewish public.
MARC B. SHAPIRO, WEINBERG CHAIR OF JUDAIC STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
"Beautifully done book with an exquisite cover. The leather look with gold stamp and embossing creates a feature rich presentation that calls, 'pick me up; touch me; read my pages.' Very enticing. Beautifully wrought."
"A remarkable typographic composition in which two languages are presented in an extraordinarily understandable and simple page design format incorporating facing pages that illuminate the translation from the beautifully calligraphic Hebrew to English.
"This publication does an outstanding job of performing its function of explaining the exodus from Egypt and details of the Passover celebration, which is the purpose of the Haggadah...
"A remarkably well designed and executed modern graphic representation approaching the lovingly hand crafted and illuminated manuscripts of old.
"A very beautiful, very precise book."
OFFICIAL JUDGES, IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS 2009
Many thanks for the beautiful Haggadah "Kol Menachem" which you so kindly sent me. From all the Haggados that I have set my eyes upon I have never seen something like this. In terms of content, it includes a fabulous selection from the great Jewish sages, and each reader will find something of personal relevance. Everyone who sees it will be impressed. The centerpiece contains the commentary and thoughts of the Ga'on of our generation, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Rebbe of Lubavitch ZT"L, whose influence has spread across the full spectrum of Jewish life, from the very closest of Jews to the most distant, "to call them all in the name of G-d, to serve Him in unity."
It is not only the soul of this Haggadah that is exceptional, that is to say, the Torah illumination within it, but also its external appearance. The luxurious binding, the clear, beautiful typography, draw and rouse the reader, "Arise, read me, and you will find satisfaction."
It is a great privilege for you to have published this Haggadah for the Jewish people to enjoy and delight in, and to bring nachas to the Rebbe ZT"L, and, most importantly, to the Creator, blessed be His Name. May you likewise merit to publish more sefarim, and to illuminate the world with Torah and Chassidus...
HARAV MOSHE WOLFSON, MASHGIACH RUCHANI, YESHIVAH TORAH V'DAAS, RAV OF BEIS MIDRASH EMUNAS YISROEL
The new Haggadah, with comments by Rabbi Chaim Miller, is an excellent addition to the various Haggadot that have brought a variety of valuable insights into the traditional text. The current edition specializes in the insights of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT"L. Many have heard of the late Rebbe and his proactive outreach to the entire Jewish community, but unfortunately not enough have taken advantage of the publications of his various commentaries and insights to sharpen their own minds and expand their own hearts. This Haggadah is an especially good introduction to the treasury of his creativity. The citations... enhance the age-old narrative of slavery and freedom, oppression and joy -- a gateway to the world of Hasidism, especially on the tradition of Lubavitch.
RABBI NORMAN LAMM, CHANCELLOR, YESHIVAH UNIVERSITY
With the Slager Haggadah on the table, no Seder can ever fade into a mere annual replay of fond phrases and familiar customs. Like Jacob's ladder, this Haggadah has its feet on the ground, while its head soars above the clouds. Combining serious chassidic scholarship with userfriendly accessibility, Rabbi Chaim Miller guides every reader through all the practical details, but at the same time shows him how to fly out of his homemade cage - his personal Egypt of mediocre goals, mental boredom and spiritual fatigue. No personal Exodus could be more exhilarating!
URI KAPLOUN, TRANSLATOR OF NUMEROUS CHASIDIC TEXTS
Beautifully written and designed... [an] impressive work of erudition....
In clear, modern language Miller has presented a new translation of the Haggada that is simple yet manages to clarify the text and at the same to convey the feeling for the original Hebrew. Even a veteran of Pessah Seders intimately familiar with the Hebrew text comes away with a deeper understanding of the Haggada....
Dozens of different rabbis, including anti-hassidic Lithuanian leaders such as Eliahu ben Shlomo of Vilna (the Vilna Gaon) are quoted.... Schneersohn’s explanations are presented in a down-to-earth way.
THE JERUSALEM POST
With great elegance, Rabbi Miller presents a dual commentary below the standard Haggadah text. In one section entitled Classic Questions, the reader will find, as he will in all books within the Kol Menachem series, thoughts and comments of over one hundred rabbinic scholars who lived throughout the ages.
The novel section of the work is most certainly the Toras Menachem section found at the bottom of every page. In this skillfully edited portion... Rabbi Miller takes advantage of including an array of the Rebbe's teachings in lamdus, mysticism, halakhah, and of course, p’shat....
[An] important and monumental Haggadah worthy to be used at any seder table
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY COMMENTATOR
"A riveting biography…. this will prove to be a fascinating read even for those distant from Chabad or who knew little about this dominant figure in Jewish life."
Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman,
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
“Wonderfully written as well as intensely thought provoking, Turning Judaism Outward is the most in-depth treatment of the life of the Rebbe ever written. The author has managed to successfully reconstruct the history of one of the most important Jewish religious leaders of the 20th century, whose life has up to now been shrouded in mystery. A compassionate, engaging biography, this magnificent work will open up many new avenues of research.”
Dana Evan Kaplan,
Author, Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal;
Editor, The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism
“In contrast to other recent biographies of the Rebbe, Chaim Miller has availed himself of all the relevant textual sources and archival documents to recount the details of one of the more fascinating religious leaders of the twentieth century. Through the voice of the author, even the most seemingly trivial aspect of the Rebbe’s life is teeming with interest.... I am confident that readers of Miller’s book will derive great pleasure and receive much knowledge from this splendid and compelling portrait of the Rebbe.”
Elliot R. Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
“Only truly great biographers have been able to accomplish what Chaim Miller has with this book... I am awed by his work, and am now even more awed than ever before by the Rebbe’s personality and prodigious accomplishments.”
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President Emeritus, Orthodox Union;
Editor-in-Chief, Koren-Steinsaltz Talmud
“A fascinating account of the life and legacy of a spiritual master. The author’s meticulous scholarship is matched by his love of Torah. This book will inspire many who already know about the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe and many others who don’t yet have that privilege.”
Daniel Matt, Author of the multi-volume annotated translation of the Zohar, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition
“This well researched and thoroughly documented biography by a leading Chabad scholar presents an integrated account of the life and teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Innumerable details are integrated into an account that brings to life the Rebbe’s teachings and influence, without hiding the paradoxes and controversies that were raised by his career. ”
Lawrence H. Schiffman, Edelman Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Yeshiva University
“A masterful work of scholarship, beautifully written, with new insight into the life of an introverted, brilliant scholar who created the largest and most influential outreach program in Jewish history.”
Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO Orthodox Union Kosher
“A masterful and erudite biography of the ‘Rebbe’.... All who are interested in the life of this remarkable man and leader will profit and be captivated by the work of Rabbi Miller!”
Chancellor David Ellenson, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
“Though two decades have passed since the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, his messages of love of Torah and for his people continue to inspire so many in the Jewish world. Chaim Miller’s meticulous and heartfelt examination of the “Rebbe’s” indomitable quests and profound successes will be eagerly read by all those desirous of learning about the life, learning, leadership and legacy of this remarkable rabbinic figure.”
Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, Yeshiva University;
Author, Orthodox Jews in America
"A desperately needed framework that can help anyone who heard about the Rebbe but had too many wrong mental models (and too many literary hindrances) to approach him culturally and spiritually.”
Dr. Domenico Lepore, Founder, Intelligent Management;
Author, Sechel: Logic, Language and Tools to Manage any Organization as a Network
“There are tzadikim whose lives are like the Song of Songs. The words and events are explicit and clear, but the mystery, the secret remains unsolved. Rabbi Chaim Miller has written a masterpiece depicting the remarkable life and times of the Lubavitcher Rebbe z’ya. While honest and bold, it respects the sod, the secret of the towering tzadik whose life’s song changed the world.”
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Congregation Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY; mashpia at Yeshiva University
“Chaim Miller’s biography Turning Judaism Outward... is not afraid to engage the more complex and difficult questions about “the Rebbe’s” life. Using hundreds, perhaps thousands, of documents carefully footnoted, including sermons, official records, and letters, some only published in the past few years, Miller reconstructs the life of a somewhat iconoclastic Hasidic master.... In lucid, loving (but not overly apologetic) prose, Miller tells the very compelling story of a complicated life. I highly recommend it even for those who know little or nothing about the person or the world it describes.”
Shaul Magid, Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University/Bloomington
“An important contribution about an individual who inspired an extremely great number of people. This volume should be widely read.”
Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Yeshiva University; author, The Rav—the World of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik
“Miller’s new biography of the Rebbe combines several methods of description, testimony, and analysis. He offers a nuanced view of a complex and unique phenomenon in the Jewish religious world.”
Dov Schwartz, Chair, the Interdisciplinary Unit and the department of Jewish Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University; author, Habad’s Thought: From Beginning to End
"Rabbi Miller's hand is the hand of an expert, revealing to the reader a wondrous portrait of the Rebbe"
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Ashkenazi, Chief Rabbi of Israel
Rabbi Miller offers a thorough and comprehensive overview of the Rebbe's life and accomplishments.
Bringing the reader into the Rebbe's world, Rabbi Miller takes them on an excursion through forty-two years of non-stop tireless exertion on the part of the Rebbe, to positively impact the lives of Jew and non-Jew alike, with the goal of changing the world.
Offering a wealth of information, including details that even the Rebbe's chassidim might be unaware of, the reader becomes thoroughly educated in the Rebbe's activities and life perspective.
The total immersion into the Rebbe's life that this book provides offers food for thought and leaves the reader inspired to reflect on what one can to enhance self and the world beyond.
Rabbi Michoel Seligson, Chabad Scholar and member of Marechet Otzar Chasidim
I am loving the reading of this book. It paints a picture and invites you in. You can almost see the Reba's home thanks to the vivid description and engaging style of the editor. It is written with warmth and it beckons the person to continue reading.
The book has managed to gather from many scattered places, even scant detail after detail, to one destination. It is especially revealing when discussing the Rebbe's time in Berlin, during which the Rebbe was engaged in bundle of communal and personal spiritual activities. One marvels at how the Rebbe balances studies at the university with what is clearly a completely different mindset. The editor's exhausting details is clear and present.
I highly recommend this book to any person who wishes to seriously study how the Rebbe's life was always focused and geared towards sanctity and purity. It guides you along the path the Rebbe was on until the incredible gift the Almighty bequeathed to this world became a reality, which is the Rebbe becoming the Rebbe. I also highly recommend this book to any Chosid, as the details of the Rebbe's life is always of the highest interest.
The book is interesting, smooth, and enlightening and inspiring.
Rabbi Yossi Lew, Chabad of Peachtree City, GA
Rabbi Chaim millers books is a must for every Chabad house it is a phenomenal reference book for the Rebbes early years and a documentation for those who never met the Rebbe.
Most importantly it's the best way toGift the Rebbe to your community to give people a glimpse into the life of our holy Rebbe and for them to appreciate what you have always appreciated.
Rabbi Aaron l. Raskin, Shliach of Brooklyn heights - Author of letters of light
More than an informative read, this book is a journey. From the very first page it draws you into the world, life and times of the Rebbe. The authors exhaustive research and deft pen, makes for the most comprehensive and compelling biography of the Rebbe to date. It is both deeply moving and more importantly as the Rebbe would want: highly motivating, inspiring the reader to find one's own latent and inner resources and turn them outward.
Rabbi Ruvi New, Director & Spiritual Leader, Chabad of East Boca Raton
Rabbi Chaim Miller's "Turning Judaism Outward" is the first thoroughly researched biography of the Rebbe. He presents history as it happened, allowing the reader to decide. Miller's thought provoking tome is backed with academic footnotes. The Rebbe is demystified, yet real. Its clear that the Rebbe's humble beginnings and continued challenges were the springboard for his success. I encourage every serious person to read Rabbi Miller's book.
Rabbi Chaim Dalfin, Chabad Historian
"To make the Rebbe's unique personality and colorful life-story spring alive; to outline the vast range of people whose lives he personally impacted and lit up; to plumb the depths of his perception of the destiny of the Jewish people and of humanity at large; to portray the warmth of his supportive empathy for every single individual without exception; - to do all of this would appear to be an impossible challenge.
"Yet Rabbi Chaim Miller, undaunted, has done all the above, and more, in this lively and readable biography that rests on his tireless research through hundreds of documented sources and personal interviews.
Uri Kaploun, Editor Lessons in Tanya and other Kehot publications
This book leaves no event unturned.... There are extremely emotional, sentimental and humorous accounts that are addressed at length making this book a true experiential journey from beginning to end. I strongly recommend it to all."
Yochanan Gordon, Five Towns Jewish Times