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Basic Judaism (Harvest Book.) Paperback – March 17, 1965
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About the Author
Milton Steinberg was an American rabbi, philosopher, theologian and author.
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Top Customer Reviews
Chosen" to a Year 12 class, a system-shock, since I was, by then,
as school librarian, largely free from classroom duties. But it was a
book I liked, and the best book, by far, on that year's required
reading list, and the English Coordinator, the class teacher, had
declared himself an avid antisemetic and thus unwilling to add the
text to his repertoire..though quite willing to allow ME to
"borrow" his class to demonstrate the book's worth.And so I
came to research Judaism the first time..
The second thrust toward
Judaic enlightenment was differently inspired, prompted, in fact, by a
stroll around New Orleans with a Jewish met-on-the- internet-friend
from New York, with me miserably aware that I was registering only a
fraction of his conversational vocabulary (and that several paragraphs
behind). And it seemed to me that if so obviously intelligent a man
could find meaning in Judaism, perhaps the faith,and its inherent
disciplines, were worth a second look..
But where to look
Other Jewish friends proffered advice.
"This Is My God" was recommended.
"Lightweight!" scoffed my New York friend."Pap for the
masses!You would do better just asking ME!"
But I wanted to
input some other, more openminded ideas, and tried Amazon Books.Read more ›
Rabbi Steinberg lays out who the Jews are, what Judaism is, and some of the various interpretations of the faith using clear, concise language and a well-laid out chapter structure that walks the reader through the history and conceptions of Judaism as it has grown over the centuries. Although the book does not go into great depth in any one topic, the scope of the book gives the reader a fascinating perspective on an often misunderstood religion.
A reader who knows little of Judaism may or may not finish this book with a new respect for Judaism, but it will certainly ensure that the reader leaves it with a much greater understanding of it. Required reading for any hoping to gain some understanding of a the great religion that begat Christianity and Islam.
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