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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milton Steinberg Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Susan Dworkin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As A Driven Leaf is a novel in which fictional and historical characters comfortably coexist. It is a gripping tale of the renegade Talmudic sage, Elisha ben Abuyah, caught in a personal struggle between his own faith and the compelling culture of Rome, circa 70 CE.

The genius of Milton Steinberg's great work is that it illuminates the political and intellectual conflicts of Rabbinic times in a way that shows their relevance to Jewish faith, nationhood, and personal development in every era, including our own.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tzippy | 2/11/2014

    " Elisha ben Avuyah is one of my favorite Talmudic figures, so I had to read this book as soon as I learned it existed. If I had been writing a book about his life, it would have been in a slightly different light and would have put more of an emphasis of the story where R' Meir tries to convince Elisha to get back on the derech and Elisha "proves" to him (suing Talmudic logic) that it can't be done--that scene is so tragic (in the classic sense of the word) I can't even describe it. Anyway, this book is definitely historical fiction and the author takes a lot of liberties with the story, but it's done very respectively. It doesn't go around trying to portray people like R' Akiva as a jerk (unlike some other Biblical/Talmudic fiction I can think of). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/5/2014

    " Fictional account of the age of the Talmud. Elisha ben Abuyah struggles to live in two worlds, destroying his chances to live in either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book for a course in college, and it spoke volumes to me. An amazing historical account of the rabbinic age during Roman occupation. I have only read it once, but I remember it so fondly. Profound emotions and I have thought about it for years... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 2/3/2014

    " Top notch fiction. Intimately drawn characters debate questions on faith, reason and the nature of human suffering in a meticulously researched, vivid historical setting. The protagonist is as tragic a main character as I have read. Steinberg's prose is at points simple and exact, at others complex and overpowering. "

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