The story, written in 1940, follows the life of Elisha, an orphan boy who becomes a rabbi. Despite the assaults of the Roman Empire and the lures of pagan luxuries, Elisha and his companions try to preserve the traditions of Judaism. Then Elisha's own faith is plunged into doubt when tragedy strikes. He leaves his home to become part of the intellectual society of Rome, but the city has tired radical Jews, and are killing and enslaving thousands. Thinking he can help, Elisha becomes a Roman advisor--only to be forced to witness the torture, He is finally broken.
|Publisher:||Jewish Contemporary Classics, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||Abridged, 6 Cassettes|
|Product dimensions:||4.14(w) x 7.69(h) x 1.08(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Iwanted to love this work as I had been told so much about it. I wanted to understand in a deeper way the questioning soul of Elisha ben Abuya, and the arguments by which his friends and contemporaries would prove him wrong. I was swept up by the book in the beginning. A good read. But it never really turned in the way I hoped, and did not become the passionate defense of the Jewish faith I expected. It seemed to me instead to disintegrate into a kind of ' speculative fiction' about realities of no real central importance to the Jewish living of the good life.