Judaism

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Dating back about 4,000 years, Judaism is the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, meaning its followers worship only one god. It began at a time when people worshiped many gods. The world’s Jews have maintained their strong traditions and intense faith, even under severe oppression. Learn more about the rich history and traditions of Judaism and how the religion fits into today’s world in Judaism, part of the World Religions series.
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Dating back about 4,000 years, Judaism is the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, meaning its followers worship only one god. It began at a time when people worshiped many gods. The world’s Jews have maintained their strong traditions and intense faith, even under severe oppression. Learn more about the rich history and traditions of Judaism and how the religion fits into today’s world in Judaism, part of the World Religions series.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Part of the "World Religions" series, this book is separated into five chapters about the Jewish religion: Flights to Freedom, Founders and Beliefs, Sacred Texts and Rituals, From Diaspora to Return, and Judaism Today. The volume also includes a brief timeline, a set of Did You Know? facts, a glossary, and a brief list of both fiction and non-fiction suggested readings. Written by an award-winning author of more than 100 publications, the book includes photographs, maps, and illustrations that give visual appeal to the pages. It can be hard to flip to a desired piece of information, however, as the book is not organized chronologically or topically from chapter to chapter. This secularly-oriented book contains generally correct information although the information provided is not applicable to all sects of Judaism and can be very misleading, particularly the areas on the job description of a rabbi and the preparation for Jewish adulthood. The sections about Flights to Freedom, the rescue of Ethiopian Jews, and Judaism today are most accurate, while the other sections need further clarification to ensure misinformation is not perpetuated. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These books open with a significant, current news story involving the respective religion, a mode of introduction that serves to ground in the present ideas whose origins date to antiquity. The other chapters cover not only the origins of the faiths and their beliefs, but also examine day-to-day life, festivals, and political and social issues that have affected followers over time. The colorful, attractive layout includes high-quality reproductions of photographs, maps, and paintings. Students who are new to religious studies, as well as those doing reports, will find that this series meets their needs.
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Meet the Author

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Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications. She writes about history, social studies, economics, popular culture, and science. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer. She lives and writes in Mankato, Minnesota.
CPB Biography:

Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications, including 10 books about Native American tribes. She writes about science, history, economics, social studies, and popular culture. One of her two cats usually sits near her computer as she works in Mankato, Minnesota. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Flights to Freedom 4

Chapter 2 Founders and Beliefs 10

Chapter 3 Sacred Texts and Rituals 20

Chapter 4 From Diaspora to Return 28

Chapter 5 Judaism Today 36

Timeline 44

Did You Know? 45

Glossary 46

Further Reference 47

Index 48

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