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The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery

The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery, by Rabbi Norman Lamm; compiled and edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky. OU Press and RIETS Yeshiva University Press, 2012.

Rabbi Norman Lamm's latest publication, The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery, is a combination of old and new. The material for the book was put together by Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky based on the treasure trove of Rabbi Lamm's sermons that have been digitized and made available to the public by the YU Library. However, the format of this book is new and different from Rabbi Lamm's previous works. While at the end of the volume there are several fascinating essays about days of thanksgiving such as Hanukkah and Yom ha-Atzma'ut, the bulk of the volume is an arrangement of Rabbi Lamm's ideas and insights as a running commentary on the Purim night prayer service and Megillat Esther. The result is an accessible and exciting read that informs and inspires.

Posted by Moshe Schapiro.