Why the Torah Begins with the Letter Beit
By (author) Michael J. Alter
Publication date:01 August 1998
Length of book:318 pages
PublisherJason Aronson, Inc.
Why does the Torah begin with the letter beit, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet? In seeking answers to this question, Michael J. Alter has gathered a wealth of material drawing from the Oral Law (Mishnah and Talmud), the Midrash, anonymous kabbalistic texts, and the works of many prominent rabbis, scribes, and writers spanning the past 2,000 years.