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      The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodos, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. The stories of Exodus - a magnificent tapestry of classical biblical, talmudic, and midrashic interpretations; literary allusions; and insights from the worlds of philosophy and psychology into a narrative that gives us fascinating new perspectives on the biblical themes of exodus and redemption.

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