Rabbi Jonathan Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991-2013. In 2009 he started the series of which this is the second book. It takes the Torah reading for each week and give a commentary for each parsha. Broken up into three portions, each commentary is readable and scholarly.
This is a book to be read slowly and thoughtfully, as Rabbi Sacks brings ancient peoples and events to life. The book of Genesis has many entertaining stories and people, but Exodus is the real beginning of the Hebrew people. Dominated by the personage of Moses, we follow the travails of the Hebrew people from their life in Egypt to the banks of the Jordan as they prepare to enter the Promised Land.
Rabbi Sacks has a gift for make difficult passages understandable and applicable to everyday life.