Yeshiva University will be publishing a selection of essays based on derashos on sefer Bereishis delivered by YU Chancellor Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm early in his rabbinical career. The volume, entitled, Derashot LeDorot, is sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press and is scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publisher Jerusalem, on September 23, 2012.

Derashot LeDorot (literally “A Commentary for the Ages”) is culled from the files of the Lamm Archives of Yeshiva University and draws from lectures and speeches given by Rabbi Lamm between the years 1952 and 1976 in both Congregation Kodimoh in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the Jewish Center in New York, New York. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan, provides the volume’s foreword.

In the book’s preface, editor Stuart Halpern, academic advisor at Yeshiva College and assistant director of operations at the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, explains that these essays are no less impressive, powerful, or pertinent today than when they were first presented.

“Each essay features reflections on the weekly parashah, brilliantly illustrating Rabbi Lamm’s masterful pedagogy, deep intellectual rigor, and staunch commitment to the word of G-d. Today, almost half a century later, these essays remain as relevant and inspiring as ever,” submits Halpern.

“As examples of passionate pulpit [teachings], brilliant biblical insight, and steadfast communal commitment, these essays stand in testimony to a master rabbi and teacher, whose words spoke to his congregants when they faced war, political upheaval, social unrest, and rapidly developing technology and continue to speak to us today.”

Every sermon included in Derashot LeDorot is presented as it was first articulated, with only minor editorial tweaks. Current events referenced in the essays have been retained so that the reader can best appreciate the historical and communal situation to which Rabbi Lamm was responding at the time.

Derashot LeDorot is the newest addition to the growing list of innovative and substantial joint projects undertaken by Yeshiva University and Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Over the last two years, the partnership has released a 20th anniversary edition of Rabbi Lamm’s masterwork, Torah Umadda; a multi-volume set on topics of contemporary Jewish law, authored by Yeshiva University’s roshei yeshiva; and two volumes of the Mitokh Ha-Ohel series, a collection of original essays on the parashiyot and haftarot authored by rabbis and professors from every division of Yeshiva University.

Koren hopes to release additional volumes of the Derashot LeDorot series in the coming months.


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