From God to Verse – The Book
If you appreciate Torah (and I have to assume you do if you read this blog), you should pick up a copy of “From God to Verse”
Seth Brown does a great job on his blog of explaining the project that has taken up a third of his life.
For those short on time or unwilling to click one more time, this book is a translation which is both true to the original text AND a wonderful exploration of the ideas and language using rhymed couplets.
For a taste of what I’m talking about, check out this excerpt from last week’s portion (Bereshit/Genesis):
In the beginning when God was creating the heavens and all of the earth,
When the world was all wild and waste, and of light on the deep oceans there was a dearth,
And the wind of God hovering over the waters, God spoke and said, “Let there be light!”
And indeed, there was light. And God saw it, that light, and He saw that it was good and right.
After seeing his shining creation, God then separated the light from the dark.
So He called the light “Day” and the darkness as “Night” (and the difference between them was stark).
And then there was a setting and there was a dawning as earth’s creation had begun,
There was evening and then there was morning, and that was the first day, so ending day one.
It’s on sale now on Amazon for the oh-so-appropriate $18 (click on the picture at the top of this post to go straight there).