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Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its Historyby Joseph Telushkin
Synopses & Reviews
How much do you know about Judaism?
You'll find the answers to these questions — and much more — in this insightful and comprehensive guide. Written by esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy has become one of the most respected and widely used reference books on Jewish life, culture, religion, and tradition. Now revised and updated, this fascinating volume distills a vast body of scholarship into 348 short, readable chapters, making the rich and complex history of Judaism accessible to any reader.
Organized by subject, the book's fifteen sections include:
History and Contemporary Life
From the biblical and Talmudic periods through the Spanish Inquisition to modern times, with special sections on the Holocaust, Israel, and American-Jewish life.
Beliefs, Ethics, and Rituals
From monotheism to Judaism's views on the afterlife, "chosenness," and human relations with God; ethical concerns ranging from the proper treatment of animals to the real meaning of "an eye for an eye"; along with explanations of the major prayers and synagogue practices.
Jewish Holidays and Life Cycle
The origins and distinctive customs of each holiday, and the rites sanctifying every major life event from circumcision and baby naming to burial and mourning.
In this collection of 346 important facts about Judaism and its people, Telushkin ranges through all of Jewish history and literature to extract the enduring concepts one needs to know in order to be a well-informed, modern Jew.
About the Author
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a widely known spiritual leader and scholar. He is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including Jewish Wisdom, Biblical Literacy, Jewish Humor,and The Book of Jewish Values.He lives in New York City with his family, and lectures throughout the United States.
Table of Contents
Bible — The Second Commonwealth: The Mishna and The Talmud — Early Medieval Period: Under Islam and Christianity — Late Medieval Period — Modern Period-Western and Eastern Europe — Zionism and Israel — The Holocaust — American Jewish life — Soviet Jewry — Antisemitism — Jewish texts — Jewish ethics and basic beliefs — The Hebrew calendar and Jewish holidays — Life cycle — Synagogue and prayers.
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