Publisher: Kehot Publication Society
Compiled by: Rabbi Yosef B. Marcus
Language: English / Hebrew
Format: 8½" x 11" Hardcover, 696 Gilded Pages
Tehillim with commentary from the Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah, Classic commentators and the Chasidic masters
Tehillim . For simple poetic genius, for pathos, sweetness and heartfelt piety, King David’s Book of Psalms is unique.
The Psalms are songs of praise to the Creator, speaking of His greatness, goodness and mercy, as well as of His power and justice. The Psalms reflect the full spectrum of life’s experiences, both of the individual and of the Jewish nation collectively.
No wonder than that throughout the ages, Psalms has served as a boundless source of inspiration, courage and hope.
Rabbi Yosef B. Marcus has once again compiled a staggering treasure house of commentary and insights on this fundamental text, offering us a deeper appreciation for every letter and every word of Psalms.
Anthologized from hundreds of commentators, classic to obscure, this work will allow Tehillim readers to bring newly-found inspiration and meaning to their daily, weekly and monthly recitations.
The commentary is rounded off by an incisive Introduction, bibliography and index. The physical appearance is likewise enhanced by original artwork, two-color printing and an elegant deluxe binding.
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The worlds of prayer and intensive study have long been seen as parallel but distinct forms of Divine service. That gap has been bridged by a newly released edition of Tehillim: Book of Psalms from Kehot Publications Society. The coffee-table-sized tome features large and clear Hebrew print with an eminently readable English translation makes the book stand out is the masterful collection of commentaries from a variety of classic and more obscure sources, many of which have never before appeared in English.
The timeless words of the Midrash and the philosopher and scribe Ibn Ezra can be found alongside the insights of the Kabbalists and Chassidic masters.
The translation is also a commentary of sorts, carefully rendering King David’s sometimes cryptic words into readable English. Occasionally, additional words inspired by the commentaries’ understanding of the verses are interpolated into the text in a smaller type.
Another unique feature is the "Psalms in Practice," sprinkled throughout the book. Drawing from the corpus of Jewish literature, it features Jewish laws and customs that the sages have extracted by way of careful analysis of the texts. Like the other commentaries, each entry is meticulously sourced and footnoted.
The work is the product of a team of scholars led by Rabbi Yosef Marcus, and sponsored by Howard and Claire Glowinsky.
Aesthetically, it is a companion of Marcus’s previous offerings—the highly acclaimed Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Fathers (Kehot, 2009) and Haggadah (Kehot, 2011). The silver-edged pages sport original artwork by Yanky Gitlin, and a medley of black text with green rubrication and miniature icons signify the nature of the various commentaries. An extensive appendix includes a comprehensive index, as well as bibliography of the hundreds of scholars and texts cited in the commentary.
True to the supplicatory nature of the Psalms, the edition is clearly marked for those who wish to use it to recite the daily portion of Psalms, either following the weekly or monthly track.
This outstanding offering, which is sure to take its rightful place as a major contribution to the Jewish library
--Chabad.org, December 2017
Anthologized from hundreds of commentators, classic to obscure, "Tehillim: Book of Psalms with English Translation & Commentary" by Rabbi Yosef Marcus is a bilingual (English/Hebrew) body of work will allow Tehillim readers to bring newly-found inspiration and meaning to thei daily, weekly and monthly recitations. Enhanced with erudite and insightful commentary from the Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalahm classic comentators, and Chasidic Masters, "Tehillim: Book of Psalms with English Translation & Commentary" is an impressively informed and informative volume that is exceptionally well organized and presented, making it unreservedly recommended for personal, temple and academic library Judaic studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
--Midwest Book Review