In each generation God sends us prophetic souls who raise their
voices out of love for Torah and concern for the future of the
Dr. Aharon Ebrami is one of these holy souls. Written with both
erudition and urgency his fine book “Contemporary
Judaism in the Second House of Bandage “ calls
from the depth of his great love for Judaism and Jewish people.
The establishment of the State of Israel, Dr. Ebrami reminds
us , has liberated the Jewish people while Judaism remains in
a condition of Diaspora bondage. Carefully tracing the historical
roots of this circumstance he decries the divisions that have
rent the Jewish people; and the deformities that have twisted
and tortured Judaism in the Diaspora.
In his second section Dr. Ebrami details the pillars, the original
principles of a Judaism that speaks to all mankind and he concludes
with a passionate call for a return to this principal Judaism.
It is his last chapter, the letter to young Jews that is most
notable. This section should be read aloud in every Jewish school
and youth group. It states in the most clear and dramatic fashion
what all of us who love Torah and the Jewish people would
say to our children and children’s children about the marvelous
heritage they have received and their responsibilities to learn,
to teach it and to live it in pride. This book is wonderful and
welcome contribution to our communities’ conversation.
We are grateful to Dr. Ebrami for this fine and insightful book.
Rabbi Edward Feinstein
Valley Beth Shalom
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