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Written for observant and non-observant Jews and anyone interested in religion, this remarkable book by the distinguished scholar David Gelernter seeks to answer the deceptively simple question: What is Judaism really about? Gelernter views Judaism as one of humanitys most profound and sublimely beautiful achievements. But because Judaism is a way of life rather than a formal system of thought, it has been difficult for anyone but a practicing Jew to understand its unique intellectual and spiritual structure. Gelernter explores compelling questions, such as:
  • How does Judaisms obsession with life on earth versus the world-to-come separate it fundamentally from Christianity and Islam?
  • Why do Jews believe in God, and how can they after the Holocaust?
  • What makes Classical Judaism the most important intellectual development in Western history?
  • Why does Judaism teach that, in the course of the Jewish peoples coming-of-age, God moved out of history and into the human mind, abandoning all power but the capacity to talk to each person from inside and thereby to influence events only indirectly?

In discussing these and other questions, Gelernter seeks to lay out Jewish beliefs on four basic topics—the sanctity of everyday life; man and God; the meaning of sexuality and family; good, evil, and the nature of Gods justice in a cruel world—and to convey a profound and stirring sense of what it means to be Jewish.

About the Author

David Gelernter is professor of computer science at Yale University and contributing editor at the Weekly Standard. He is the author of several books, including Mirror Worlds, The Muse and the Machine, and the novel 1939. His writings on Judaism have appeared in Commentary and elsewhere. He lives in Woodbridge, CT.

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ISBN:
9780300151923
Author:
Gelernter, David
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Gelernter, David Hillel
Author:
David Hillel G
Author:
elernter
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - General
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Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 color illus.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.9 lb

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