Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Deeper Meaning, Answering Everyday Questions with Torah-based Thought

Did you ever wonder what it is exactly that makes books and movies so appealing? The Deeper Meaning by Uri Kestenbaum explores that subject and much more through a Torah lens.

The Deeper MeaningJudging the Book by its Cover -  a first glance review:

The picture on the cover looks like it was taken in Rosh HaNikra, which is a great place to just sit and contemplate life as you listen to the water. 

The font in the book is a little on the large side, in both English and Hebrew. There are 14 chapters, maximum 20 pages each, including a title page, dedication page and foot notes. So at 190 pages, it is a faster read than it appears.

Some Details I Liked:

The topics are great. I have asked myself most of the questions before and very much appreciated reading answers based Pirkei Avos, Ramcha"l, R' Dessler and others.

Who This Book is For:

I would recommend this book to high school students or mature middle schoolers. As an adult, most of it was basic, although I enjoyed the review. 
It is a good book for a discussion group in an informal learning setting. 

Who This Book Isn’t For:  

As mentioned before, this book has Hebrew text in it. It does have the translation below it, but I would still recommend that recent ba'alei teshuva look elsewhere for understanding of these concepts. 

What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better: 

I didn't appreciate the voice of the book. It seems like it was transcribed from shiurim. If I was reading the book out-loud, it would sound as if I was lecturing. That is just how I took it.

In Conclusion:  

I enjoyed gaining a new perspective on common struggles. Some points, I highlighted and hope to remember next time someone challenges me. This is a great book for families, as well anyone that hosts teens or deals with them.


I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.