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Norman Solomon's succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to surveying the nature and development of Judaism, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism -- its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women, and medical and commercial ethics.
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About the Author
is a freelance writer and journalist, and a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle
. He is a Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His previous publications include Judaism and World Religion
and he contributed to The Oxford Companion to the Jewish Religion
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Who are the Jews? 2. How did Judaism and Christianity split up? 3. How did Judaism develop? 4. The calendar and festivals; 5. The spiritual lifeSprayer, meditation, Torah; 6. Making a Jewish home; 7. Out of the ghetto, into the whirlwind; 8. Twentieth-century Judaism; 9. 'Eternal law', changing times; Appendix A: The Thirteen Principles of Faith, as formulated by Maimonides; Appendix B: The 'Philadelphia Platform' of Reform Judaism; Suggestions for further reading; Index