ISBN : 9780199687350
New to this Edition:
Normon Solomon's succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. Demonstrating the diverse nature and ethnic origin of those with the Jewish faith, Solomon explores how the Jewish religion has developed in the 2,000 years since the days of the Bible.
This Very Short Introduction starts by outlining the basics of practical Judaism - its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects - and goes on to consider how Judaism has responded to, and dealt with, a number of key issues and debates, including the impact of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. In this new edition, Solomon considers issues of contemporary Judaism in the twenty first century.
1: Who are the Jews
2: How did Judaism and Christianity split up?
3: How did Judaism develop?
4: The calendar and festivals
5: The spiritual life - prayer, meditation, Torah
6: Making a Jewish home
7: Out of the ghetto, into the whirlwind
8: Judaism Today
9: 'Eternal law', changing times
"invaluable for students" - Birmingham Jewish Recorder