Reaching to Heaven
The elevating life, stories, and teachings of Rav Yaakov Edelstein
The book that sold tens of thousands of copies in Hebrew – now in English!
Rav Yaakov Edelstein zt”l was an unusual Torah personality, and this an unusual book. Reaching to Heaven is partly biography, partly guidance to all of us on how to live full, happy, and meaningful lives – and, with its fascinating collection of warm and personal true stories — totally captivating.
Written by Yedidya and Sivan Rahav Meir, a husband and wife team who have become extraordinarily popular through their lectures, writings, and media broadcasts, it contains literally hundreds of inspiring short stories about the life and – even more important – the life lessons to be learned from Rav Edelstein. The Meirs lived in Ramat HaSharon, where Rav Edelstein served as Chief Rabbi for more than 70 years. They were very close to him during his lifetime, and after his passing, they interviewed more than 100 people about Rav Edelstein’s accomplishments.
Reaching to Heaven is a collection of “little stories about a very, very big man.” In these stories we will discover how Rav Edelstein reached greatness in Torah, in kindness, in leadership, and in his relationships with family, students, and, indeed all of Klal YIsrael. And we will discover how we, too, can live higher, uplifting ourselves and all those around us.
For Sivan Rahav-Meir, the Torah is a fountain of wisdom for relationships, education, government, finances, self-growth, and beyond. A seasoned journalist in Israel, Rahav-Meir has interviewed heads of state and senior political officials, and has uncovered exclusive stories that have impacted the discourse in Israel. With a wealth of real-life experience, she applies her insights to the weekly Torah portion.
#Parasha: Weekly Insights from a Leading Israeli Journalist is Rahav-Meir’s debut book in English. Translated from her bestselling Hebrew parasha book, Rahav-Meir shares brief reflections on the Torah from sources past and present, infused with a thought-provoking message for the entire family. What began as short posts shared on social media has stimulated ongoing conversation amongst religious, traditional and progressive families. Now, she brings her inspiration to the English-speaking public.
The book is published by Menorah Books and translated from Hebrew by Chava Wilschanski.