I would like to start learning Nach yomi (one or two perakim a day) but I don't just want to read the Hebrew/English since I will not end up with a proper understanding as to what is actually taking place (according to the Torah shebe'al peh). I also don't want to learn with one of the perushim as this will take too long for the amount of time I can dedicate to this. That leaves me looking for a resource that can give me the highlights without taking too much time to go through. Perhaps a perek by perek summary with essential explanations would help alot. Any suggestions?

  • you can get away with no commentaries until melachim, but after that you'll need at least metzudos commentary. the melitzas are quite difficult. – ray Nov 30 '13 at 19:29
  • I wanted the same as you and could not find a suitable resource. My solution was to learn 10 pesukim a day with the commentary of the Malbim. His commentary is very accessible so I can often read through all 10 pesukim and then learn through what the Malbim has to say. – Avrohom Yitzchok Nov 30 '13 at 19:35
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    You might also try ou.org/torah/nachyomi which includes "include audio shiurim by renowned Torah scholars" and "an accessible text synopsis of each chapter." The OU sends Nach Yomi straight to your inbox! – Avrohom Yitzchok Nov 30 '13 at 19:44
  • Judaica Press Nach. They have an English commentary on the bottom, culled from classic meforshim, that you can scan quickly, since it is in English. In fact, online, you can try learning with just Rashi in English from Chabad. chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/63255/jewish/… – josh waxman Dec 1 '13 at 4:04
  • a little bit relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26406/489 – jake Dec 3 '13 at 23:00

The best solution I have found is a new book by Adir Press (distributed by Feldheim) called "Journey Through Nach" (in print here, online here). It goes through every perek in Nach and provides a short summary based on the words and meforshim. It's a great read! Highly recommended.

Other option are the summaries written on www.shortvort.com which are also very good but I don't know if they cover the entire Nach


I have recorded a brief Hebrew-English translation with all the Rashis succinctly woven into the translation. In addition, anything which is difficult to understand I add additional comments from other commentaries.

One of my goals is that unlike many nach shiurim I aim to translate accurately every word. All previous Shiurim are available in a google drive folder. I am about to start Yeshaya. Feel free to email me on rabbibrandeis@jle.org.uk

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    Is this a free resource? – Scimonster Feb 8 '16 at 14:08
  • Can you link to the Google folder in your answer? – msh210 Mar 30 '16 at 22:14

Another website to try is http://dailynach.com/ which I personally find very useful for perek summaries.


There is a very nice series of summaries of each chapter of Nach by R Jack Abramowitz from the OU called Nach Yomi Companion. Available in print (volume 1, volume 2) or freely online here.

It is short, to the point, introduces background and context. The author is even humoristic at times.

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