Prepared by Maureena Fritz
If you are a beginner in reading Jewish commentaries, I recommend that you begin your study in the order in which the books are listed. If you have even a minimal knowledge of the Hebrew language, you will take special joy in Etz Hayim. For new insights from women rabbis on the Torah portions, read Goldstein. The commentaries by Nehama Leibowitz will introduce you to a rich variety of rabbinic and medieval Jewish commentaries.
May you delight in the Torah. “It is a Tree of Life to those who hold it fast, and all who cling to it find happiness” (Proverbs 3:17-18)
- Fox: The Five Books of Moses (New York, 1995)
- Plaut: The Torah, A Modern Commentary (New York, 1981).
- Goldstein: The Women’s Torah Commentary (Vermont, 2000).
- Hayim: Torah and Commentary (Jewish Publication Society, New York, 2001
- N. Leibowitz: Studies in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Jerusalem).
- Scherman: The Chumash, Stone Edition (New York, 1993).
- Y. Leibowitz: Accepting the Yoke of Heaven, Commentary on the Weekly Torah Portion (Jerusalem, 2002).
- E. Frankel: The Five Books of Miriam, a Woman’s Commentary on the Torah (San Francisco, 1996).