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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028627113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028627113
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course. You know that Judaism began with Abraham and that Moses led the children out of slavery in Egypt. But when it comes to knowing who Elijah, Esther, and Judah Maccabee were, and their significance to Judaism, you feel like you've been wandering in the desert for 40 years. Don't feel Jewish guilt just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture provides you with a complete, authoritative account of the Jewish people--from Abraham, Moses, and King David to Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

About the Author

BENJAMIN BLECH, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York.  The author of Understanding Judaism and many other books, Rabbi Blech has appeared frequently on national television and has written for a host of national magazines and scholarly journals.  He resides in New York City.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

It wasn't something I knew.
Dana Huff
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture is a must read for anyone who is even remotely interested in the Jewish culture or knows a Jewish person.
Jason P. Ruel
This book has so much information it may take you two reads to absorb it all -- but that's okay because the book is funny and amusing.
Heather

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Olga Kay on April 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
When it comes to Jewish history and culture you can't be too educated. I found this Complete Idiot's Guide very informative. This funny book contains an AMAZING amount of facts. It starts from Abraham and goes all the way to the present. It also covers a huge geographical space. The book contains historical sketches of Jewish communities all over the world: from South America and New Zealand to Sweden and Denmark. The part about culture is also very interesting. This chapter is packed with biographical sketches of writers, actors and scientists "...Wow, did you know HE was Jewish too?...". Sometimes the author is a being a bit simplistic. You feel like reading a bedtime story about the bad guys and the good guys. On the other hand, the Rabbi's sense of humor is great, so I was never bored.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
As someone always interested in Jewish history and culture, and about to be married to a Jew, I found this book to be a fabulous springboard to other more in-depth explainations. The overviews of Jewish history and concepts are brief, but provide an excellent background for beginners who want to do more reading on this fascinating subject. My only complaint is that this book was published by the "Idiot's Guide," a derogatory title that will surely turn off some readers. This is not a book for idiots.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a gem!In a concise, practical, funny way, it gives a non-jew some answers to some very pertinent questions. I enjoyed it tremendously and I recommend it even to Jews who cannot really remember the specific of their Hebrew School days. It is a good start to familiarise one self to Judaism. Congratulations on a book well written.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Groot on September 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Rabbi, don't let anyone tell you the title of this book is wrong...I'm telling you, it's what made me buy it. See, I asked a man a few questions at a convention about Jewish history, and I think the poor man thought I was trying to convert him--to what, I'm not sure. He wasn't happy with me, and I got no answers. Feeling like a, well, idiot...imagine how happy I was to find your book. I got the answers to my questions halfway through your book, but you wrote the book so well I coudln't stop reading. It was quite an education. I simply had no idea of the amount of anti-Semitism the Jewish people have had to endure, practically since their existence.
The book was written like we were having a conversation, and the way it was laid out was terrific...the chapter highlights at the beginning and end of the chapters were great memory tools. Though at times you seemed a bit cheeky with all the "innovations" and accomplishments, I figured hey, who isn't a littly cheeky when it comes to family. The only part I'd armwrestle you over is your take on the New Testament text: the verse in I Timothy 6 doesn't say (like everybody thinks it does--you're not alone) that "money is the root of all evil." It says the "love" of money is the root of "all kinds" of evil. But hey--why should I expect you to quote perfectly a text most Christians probably couldn't? Come to think of it, and this is tragic, all of the anti-Semitism belonging to Christions would be non-existent if those "Christians" would get their fannies in gear and camp on these words, penned by the same man who penned the verse in Timothy: "Respect what is right in the sight of all men." You read it right--ALL men.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather on May 5, 2003
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Rabbi Blech does a wonderful job in presenting an accurate and informative view of the history of Judaism. This book has so much information it may take you two reads to absorb it all -- but that's okay because the book is funny and amusing. You will never be bored reading this. This book is valuable to Jews wishing to learn about their history and to non-Jews wishing to gain a closer look at the history and culture of the Jewish people. This book will not disapoint.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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Rabbi Blech has written a book that is both entertaining and informative. Most people have trouble learning or remembering history because it's presented in such a dry boring manner. This book overcomes that limitation and presents thousands of years of history in an easy to read and enjoyable style. The author also adds many insightful concepts and anecdotes along the way.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "snowligh8" on October 20, 2003
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As a High School student, I mostly feel I get more then enough lessons of History a week, though it does give me a chance to catch up on sleep. I picked up this book in order to help me write a Paper, and didn't stop reading it till the end even though I didn't need all of it. Written with humor and wit, this book conveys the essence of the Jewish People and enables you to look at it both objectivly and subjectively. The book gives you the reasons for every historical event and not just the sequence of events. For me, it gave history and new light, and I noticed that the reasons cited for many of the historical events actually apply today as well, though with different actions as the result. As they say, History does indeed repeat itself! Great job, Rabbi! I wish this author would share his wit and knowlage in many other subjects as he is the easiest way to learn!
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