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Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (original 1996; edition 2000)

by Norman Solomon

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Title:Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Authors:Norman Solomon
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (2000), Paperback, 160 pages
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Judaism: A Very Short Introduction by Norman Solomon (1996)

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Clear and interesting account covering history, religious thought and practice, home and family life, modern denominations, and responses to modern issues -- and all in 135 pages. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 3, 2012 |
I decided to read this book and, while doing so, tried to read it as if I knew nothing about Judaism and was coming to the subject from the point of view of a Gentile rather than a Jew. While I felt that the author did an acceptable job of explaining some subjects, overall, I just didn't get the feeling that I learned what it meant to be a Jew or, maybe said different, what makes Jews "tick". The book told me quite a bit about the evolution of Judaism in post-biblical times and in the Middle Ages, but I didn't get any sense of what today's Jews believe (other than a few discussions of how the various segments of Judaism distinguish themselves from one another and a brief "throwaway" discussion of how Judaism addresses a few modern issues). Most problematic, I suppose, is that the Gentile reader who reads this book will not gain much insight into the meaning of Jewish holidays that they may encounter or some of the more simple rules upon which Jews base their lives. ( )
  MSWallack | May 12, 2008 |
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Norman Solomon's succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to surveying the nature and development of Judaism, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism -- its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women, and medical and commercial ethics.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam

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This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader both to the teachings of Judaism and to its integration into daily life, including information on festivals, prayers, customs and various sects. Originally published: 1996.

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