A valuable resource for anyone seeking a basic understanding of what being Jewish is all about.
Judaism is full of different opinions. In fact, no single definition of Judaism is acceptable to all Jews. And Judaism is not simply a series of beliefs; it is a practice and a way of life. Judaism, therefore, consists of a religion, and a culture, and a people.
What Do Jews Believe? explores the variety of ways in which Jews live their lives: religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Jews in Israel and Jews who live in the diaspora. Kessler asks what Judaism means and what it means to be a Jew, and explores the roots of a religion that goes back some four thousand years and was a major influence on the creation and development of both Christianity and Islam. And he examines how and why such a small number of peopleamazingly the total worldwide Jewish population is estimated to be only between twelve and fifteen millionhave played such a significant role in the world's history. What Do Jews Believe? looks at the roots of anti-Semitism and delves into the Zionist movement and the struggles with Palestine and Arab neighborsstating objectively the unvarnished and sometimes painful facts of these difficult issues.With a useful chronology of Jewish history from 1800 B.C. to the present, a glossary of terms, a calendar of Jewish festivals, a list of Web resources, and a recommended further reading list.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.84(w) x 8.07(h) x 0.36(d)|
About the Author
Edward Kessler is the founder of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, and writes widely on Judaism and Jewish-Christian issues. Among his many publications is Jews and Christians in Conversation.
Table of Contents
What does it mean to be a Jew today? 1
Who are Jews today? 9
How did we get here? 18
What do Jews believe? 42
Varieties of belief 66
What do Jews do? 77
Jewish Calendar of Festivals 97
Further reading 108
Web resources 109