Saints & Sinners
A Midrashic Insight Into the Lives of Joseph,
Aharon, Miriam, Lavan, Esav & Bilaam
[in English & Hebrew]

By Chaim Spring & Jay Shapiro
September 2008
Urim Publications
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9789655553192
367 pages, 6 x 9 3/8"
$39.50 Hardcover

"Saints and Sinners" is essentially two books in one. The first part is a novel in-depth analysis of three righteous persons in the Torah - Yosef, Aharon and Miriam; and three wicked persons - Lavan, Esav and Bilaam,. The main characteristics of these personae are determined using Midrashic sources and biblical commentators including Rashi, Nachmanides, Malbim, and other authoritative glosses.

The second, self-contained part of the book, entitled Hamenorah Hatehorah, is a detailed analysis of the style of Rashi and the rules used in his commentary. More than one hundred rules are documented and elucidated. This offers a unique opportunity for students at all levels of experience to understand both the depth and the greatness of Rashi.

Chaim Spring studied in the Mir, Bais Yosef Navardok and Ponovezh Yeshivot, receiving his ordination from Rabbi Jofen (Bais Yosef). A graduate of Brooklyn College, he served as a U.S. army chaplain, worked with jewish organizations and operated a jewish bookstore before making Aliyah to Israel in 1973. He is a master bookbinder specializing in restoration of rare manuscripts and artistic leather designs.

Jay Shapiro attended Mesivta Torah Vodaath and the University of Pennsylvania. He worked at several American firms before moving to Israel in 1969 where he was employed for 25 years at Israel Aircraft Industries. At present he is director of a private consulting firm dealing with U.S. government contracting.


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