by: Aaron Lopiansky
In this remarkable book, prolific writer and lecturer Rabbi Aaron Lopiansky delves into the ocean of Torah and brings up bits of fabulous treasure.
Gleaned from articles he wrote for the Jewish Observer, Mishpacha, Yated, and Aish HaTorah, the essays span the Jewish year, from Rosh HaShanah to Tishah B’Av, in which the themes of the Jewish calendar spring to life.
They tell of the remarkable lives and deeds of great men, such as Rav Aaron’s own father, Reb Bentzion Lopiansky, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Rav Nochum Partzovitz, and Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.
They present timeless issues such as the chareidim and the draft, modernday Jewish marriage, negotiating with kidnappers, and completing the Talmud vs. competing in the Olympics.
Light and darkness, rejuvenation and renewal, song and speech, joy and freedom — all are explored in this one-of-a-kind, piercingly insightful series of essays. When Rabbi Lopiansky turns the searchlight of his probing intellect on a topic, it emerges clearer, brighter, and more transparent to our understanding than it was before. In incisive and readable prose, Rabbi Lopiansky lays bare the building blocks of Jewish thought — and we, the readers, emerge the richer for it.
It is a rare work that profoundly delights even as it teaches and inspires. Time Pieces is such a book.
“In our mundane world, feeling and intellect are forever at odds. But when it comes to the Divine, these seemingly mutually exclusive realms converge, since Hashem is one… No professor of Jewish thought ever had tears coursing down his cheeks, overwhelmed by the depth of Shir HaShirim… One who has experienced that spark of knowledge and awareness arising from those divrei Torah [derived from in-depth exploration of the Torah] knows that no Minchah can ever be the same again.” —From the Introduction to Time Pieces