This book is a concise guide to the history, beliefs and practices of this major world faith. Covering all the key aspects of Judaism, including the impact of the Holocaust and the significance of Israel on Jewish self-understanding, gain real insight into what it means to be Jewish today. NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of psychology.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
This book covers all the essential elements of the faith in depth and from a range of perspectives.Assuming no direct experience or prior knowledge of Judaism, this book is suitable for the general reader as well as for students.Includes discussion of the increasingly high-profile Kabbalah.Considers everything from the beginnings of the faith to modern events such as the horrors of the Holocaust and the founding of the state of Israel.
Table of Contents:
1. Approaching Judaism2. The roots of belief and practice - the Bible3. The chain of tradition - the Talmud4. Orthodox Judaism5. Non-Orthodox Judaism6. Food laws7. Life and death matters8. Jewish education9. Marriage10. Prayer11. The Synagogue12. The Sabbath13. The rhythm of the year - festivals and fasts14. The pilgrim festivals15. The New Year and the Day of Atonement16. The Holocaust17. IsraelTaking it further
About the Author(s):
C.M. HOFFMAN is a lecturer in religious studies and the author of several books on Judaism. JONATHAN GORSKY is the consultant for this book. He is an Orthodox Jew and the educational advisor for the Council of Christians and Jews.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Jewish faith. Students on courses where this subject is relevant.