For nearly a century, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Ger's classic Sfas Emes has been the challenging and provocative fare of outstanding scholars. But the concise and complex language and thought process of this classic were daunting to all but a select few. But Rabbi Yosef Stern has distilled these profound; scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses into enlightening and inspiring English essays.
The Gift of Shabbos is a clear and brilliant work. Among the topics it explores are: ■ Melachah (creative work) ■ Menuchah (rest) ■ Shabbos as a Divine gift ■ the three meals ■ Lechem Mishneh (the two loaves of bread) ■ Oneg (delight) Shabbos ■Shabbos as a microcosm of the World to Come ■ a commentary on the Kabbalas Shabbos service.
In addition, it features an introduction to the Sfas Emes' mode of thought, which includes a treatment of the sage's approach to such concepts as Nekudah Hapenimis and Hashgachah Pratis.