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The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People

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In The Woman Who Laughed at God, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch takes us on a lively and at times controversial journey through Jewish history that offers answers to the complex and difficult question: ?Who is a Jew?? Today, Jewish peoples are divided by differences of faith, practice, and political antagonism. For every accepted tradition in Jewish faith there are countertraditions with their roots going back to ancient times. Kirsch?s illuminating work reveals that?even in ancient times?Judaism was never a single faith.

Emblematic of the varieties of Jewish expression is the biblical tale of Sarah, the pious matriarch who laughed at God when He promised her a child in advanced old age. The Torah itself confirms that Judaism has a place even for someone as lighthearted and irreverent as Sarah, and for the many other men and women whose stories are told in The Woman Who Laughed at God. We also encounter the Maccabee freedom fighters who closed the Bible and picked up a sword; dervishlike ecstatics who claimed to enjoy direct communication with God even after they had been excommunicated by a distrustful rabbinate; and courageous pioneers for whom a ?kosher pig? was any pig fortunate enough to be raised in a kibbutz and slaughtered to feed hungry kibbutzniks. With drama and narrative verve, Kirsch explores the mysticism and magic that have informed a bookish faith.

Jews across the spectrum and anyone who loved Thomas Cahill?s The Gifts of the Jews will be fascinated and inspired by this celebration of the Jewish faith, rich in untold stories and revelatory interpretations.

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Annette P, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by Annette P)
The Woman Who Laughed at God. It was that title that grabbed my attention. I had to read the book because I wanted to know who the woman was! And I was not disappointed, because not only did I learn her identity, but I learned so much more about the origins of Judaism and how it has grown and changed. I also learned about the variety of people who share a common religious tradition with variation in religious expression. Author Jonathan Kirsch's writing is eloquent, inviting Jew and non-Jew alike to discover Judaism's rich past and its many paths to the present.
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ISBN:
9780670030095
Subtitle:
The Untold History of the Jewish People
Author:
Kirsch, Jonathan
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
General Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-62
Publication Date:
20011015
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
xv, 317 p.
Dimensions:
9.32x6.32x1.08 in. 1.32 lbs.

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