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"With probing analysis, profound wisdom and an unusually gifted question-and-answer style, the author takes on a host of crucial and fundamental issues of Jewish life and law, and embellishes them with meaning we had never suspected. This is a book to educate, to inspire and to treasure."

Rabbi Benjamin Blech — professor of Talmud, Yeshiva University


"Tom Furst has invested many years, and his considerable intelligence and insight, into delving into matters of Jewish law and life in ways that animate the Torah’s wise teachings. He role models for us all what “la-asok b’divrei Torah” means – to make Torah one’s preoccupation, especially when it is not one’s professional occupation. Kol ha-kavod on this special accomplishment."

Dr. Erica Brown — writer and educator whose latest book is Happier Endings (Simon and Schuster)


"In this volume, Thomas Furst demonstrates the wealth of wisdom that lies within the Torah and actively encourages the reader to seek that wisdom. With sharp insight and cogent style, he travels along enriching paths of analysis and boldly uncovers new layers of meaning in the text. I am very pleased to recommend this work."

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin — author of Unlocking the Torah Text


"Thomas Furst has written an insightful and original commentary on major Torah topics.  His thoughts are at many times profound and suffused with wisdom, understanding, and faith. His work shows us once again the depth and breadth of Torah and its relevance to all times. Any Jewish library will be enhanced by the inclusion of this work in it."

Rabbi Berel Wien — author of Patterns in Jewish History


Torah Mysteries Illuminated



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