Why the Torah Begins with the Letter Beit
Why does the Torah begin with the letter beit, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet? In seeking answers to this question, Michael J. Alter has gathered a wealth of material drawing from the Oral Law (Mishnah and Talmud), the Midrash, anonymous kabbalistic texts, and the works of many prominent rabbis, scribes, and writers spanning the past 2,000 years.
- Hardback | 318 pages
- 158 x 233.2 x 26.2mm | 648.65g
- 01 Aug 1998
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
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About Michael J. Alter
Michael J. Alter is a history teacher at Miami Southridge Senior High School and a student of the Torah, kabbalah, and hasidic philosophy at the Chabad of the Grove in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Table of contents
Part 1 Kabbalistic Concepts Part 2 Description and Analysis of the Letter Beit Part 3 A Thematic Analysis of the Letter Beit, the First Letter of the Torah Part 4 Epilogue