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Translations into English
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Atem reʼitem. English.
Present at Sinai.
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 1994
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Shmuel Yosef Agnon; Michael Swirsky
|Description:||xxvi, 332 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Other Titles:||Atem reʼitem.|
|Responsibility:||commentaries selected by S.Y. Agnon ; translated by Michael Swirsky ; with an introduction by Judah Goldin.|
Agnon uses the events at Sinai as a prism through which to view Jewish theological tradition. The sampler he offers us encompasses biblical and talmudic texts and commentaries, the whole sweep of the Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, as well as homiletic and pietistic writings of various periods down to our own time.
As Judah Goldin, in his lyrical introduction, suggests, "Agnon prefers to make the words of the pre-modern visible once more ... ; he reproduces what these ancient teachers said - without rehearsal, he lets them speak for themselves. Agnon loves the flavor of these words ... The comments bring us into contact with imagery, concepts, parables, exhortations, and supplications that exemplify Israel's universe of discourse, passions, and never-abandoned hopes.
These make up the sounds and silent meditations of the Torah." Present at Sinai enhances the celebration of Shavuot, when the Ten Commandments are read. Agnon's elucidation of the receiving of the Ten Commandments makes Present at Sinai essential reading, during the holiday and throughout the year.