Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Interview of Rabbi Yitzchak Goodman on his New Translation of “Marvels of our Blessed G-d’s Torah”

Five Towns Jewish Times by Rabbi Yair Hoffman

YH: So Rabbi Goodman, I understand that you have recently translated what has been described as “Rav Aharon Kotler’s favorite Sefer.”

RG:  Yes, I was always fascinated by that sefer, “Niflaos MiToras Hashem Yisboroch” ever since I heard Rav Aharon Kotler greatly praised it and called it a segulah for Yiras Shamayim.

YH: What does the sefer do exactly?

RG: He proves that nobody but Hashem could have written the Torah because many enigmatic or unclear sentences become perfectly clear when you realize that they allude to events in the days of Dovid or Shlomo centuries after the Torah was given. [....]


  1. The article cites the story of Yoav being pulled away from the altar when he tried to save himself from execution as an example of something connected with the Torah due to the mitzvah, "From my altar take him to die." This seems strange as Chazal say the mitzvah refers to a kohen doing avodah so how can it be connected to the Yoav episode?

  2. Marvels, not marvel's. Marvels, not marvel's. Marvel's makes you look like you dropped out of 3rd grade.

    Even the book title says Marvels, not Marvel's.

  3. It is only fair to mention that according to bible critics final redaction of Torah took place during golus bavli, which was five hundred years after the days of Dovid and Shlomo.

    However, even if you accept that Torah was written in its entirety in the midbar, how does this story prove that Torah came from Hashem? It just shows that in Shlomo's time people were aware of this law. So what?

    I think it comes down to emunah.

  4. these kind of s'forim and their content are always interesting, however, in an ideal world, there would be a full and informed dialogue or debate between proponents and dissenters.

    the world of doubters aren't lunatics or people who sit around at Moe's bar. They are well-reasoned people with well-reasoned arguments. My dream is to have both side show up, in the same room, at the same time. Or at least a blog-format facsimile thereof.

  5. A good place to start is Rav Dovid Gotlieb's attempt to prove the Sinai theory.
    He argues (unlike the Kuzari) that it's unlikely that the Kuzari Sinai experience argument would only have been made once in history. Why would the Torah bother with overkill unless it's true?
    His subsequent debates with detractors exist somewhere on the web.

  6. RDE: Do you care to post this with your thoughts on it? It should be interesting I think.


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