Beacons of Light

Beacons of Light

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What can we learn from Avraham Avinu about reacting to success or failure? What do Yitzchak and Esav teach us about the use and abuse of power? And how do Yosef and Deenah represent two ways of overcoming evil?

In Beacons of Light, Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen explores these and many other biblical characters and themes, revealing how the Torah’s timeless wisdom can truly illuminate our lives. Drawing on the profound insights of Jewish tradition, this fascinating collection of essays sheds light on the Torah’s protagonists – and antagonists.

From giants like Moshe and Miriam to such lesser-known figures as Chur, Lot’s wife, and Pharaoh’s daughter, readers will discover the pitfalls of subjective morality, the dangers of impulsivity, and how to make good intentions last. Stretching from the beginnings of humanity to the End of Days, Beacons of Light demonstrates how the Torah remains as luminously relevant as ever. Read Beacons, and you’ll view biblical personalities in a whole new light.

Beacons of Light is the third book by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen, following on the success of his previous two works, The Guiding Light, a compilation of his divrei Torah on the weekly parashah, and A Light in Time, on the Jewish festivals and life cycle events. A close talmid of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits and a senior member of the Jerusalem Kollel, Rabbi Gefen has spent years immersed in intensive Torah study. He has written for Hamodia, and his popular weekly column on inspires people across the spectrum of Jewish observance with the vibrancy and beauty of Torah.

"Beacons of Light presents us with a real-life understanding of so many personalities in the Chumash without diminishing the greatness of our ancestors.” Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, Rosh Kollel, the Jerusalem Kollel