What Do Jews Believe?: The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism

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In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism.
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Overview

In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism.
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"A clear and valuable guide to the convictions and vision of Judaism. Anyone who seeks to know what Judaism is really all about will be in his debt."
—David Wolpe, Why Be Jewish?

"A remarkably rich and useful introduction to millennia of Jewish beliefs."
Kirkus Reviews

"Brilliantly organizes the major ideas of Judaism. Anyone seeking orientation within the complex world of Jewish thought should begin with this book"
—Susannah Heschel, author of On Being a Jewish Feminist

"A thoughtful, informed, broad-minded overview of the most basic principles of the Jewish religion."
—Robert M. Seltzer, author of Jewish People, Jewish Thought

"Ariel's lucid presentation is a perfect gift to someone rediscovering his or her Jewish roots or someone choosing to be a Jew."
Hadassah Magazine

Jewish Book World
The fundamentals of Jewish thought on the issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism are presented for those seeking answers. The reader is guided toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. "The dilemma for many modern Jews is how to relate to a tradition as old as Judaism." Ariel provides profound insights into the subject.
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What are the distinctive beliefs of Judaism today? Why be Jewish? What is Judaism's impact on contemporary spirituality? These and many other questions are addressed in this fascinating study of Judaism. Ariel explores the diverse views of Jewish thinkers on the issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, the Torah and messianism, among other subjects. In discussing Judaism's long tradition, the author offers a book of profound interest, not only to Jews seeking to learn more about their own religion, but to others interested in the wide-ranging influences of this deeply historical faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210590
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 678,022
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID S. ARIEL was has been president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies since 2008. He also served as president of Siegal College of Jewish Studies (Cleveland, Ohio) for twenty-five years. He has lectured widely on Jewish subjects worldwide. Dr Ariel has written four books including Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism and What do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Guided Tour of the Jewish Intellectual Tradition

    Ariel cuts straight to the heart of the matter, telling us what Jews believe and why about God, Torah, good and evil, prayer, the Messiah, etc. He shows how Judaism has had a broad and deep influence on western civilization, providing unique meaning and value to societies and governments are formed. Perhaps more than anything else, Ariel provides a guided tour through the terrain of Jewish intellectual history from ancient to modern times, asking and answering why such an old and varied tradition such as Judaism can still have such profound impact on the lives of Jews and non-Jews. Easy to read, Ariel writes in a lucid style that helps you remember his points. Most poignant is a letter to his children at the end of the book that you should not miss.

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