Since moving to Eretz Yisrael, Yosef Segal has attended some of the most prominent yeshivas in Yerushalayim. He is the author of the weekly Devar Torah blog, Ancient Ideas for the Modern Mind, and the hashkafah blog, Nation’s Wisdom, and studies and teaches in Yerushalayim where he currently resides. Reality Check is his first published book.
The idea behind Reality Check started while I was working on another project, when I realized that I was asking the wrong questions and seeking the wrong answers. So many people I spoke to seemed to pause when discussing the reason and logic behind so many of the mitzvos that we do; even the more basic ideas. Furthermore, upon doing more research, I realized that there was no simple guide to finding the answers to this question. If I wanted an answer, I had to go through huge amounts of material until finally reaching the full explanation. I felt that these two issues were causing major problems. First, the lack of knowledge behind the “what and why” of Torah and mitzvos prevents us from developing a true and strong connection with Hashem. Secondly, the lack of easy access to these truths made it difficult to overcome this! I decided to attack these issues head on. “Reality Check” is the result.
It is my hope that this book will lead us to be inspired through a greater understanding of Hashem, our world, and the Torah.