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The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1887563772
ISBN-10: 1887563776
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No Jewish home should be without it. -- Outlook, Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Spring 2000

This is a rich resource for non-Jews and Jews alike. -- Publishers Weekly, November 1998

This is an excellent, ready-reference source. It is good choice for school, synagogue and small public libraries. -- Booklist, October 1998
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schreiber,Shengold Publishing; 3 edition (April 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887563776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887563772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I expected to get the last edition what I did not. The sending was perfect, the advising idem. I am satisfied
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Written from a somewhat conservative perspective
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It wasn't what I had in mind..
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I am extremely satisfied with The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia and The New Jewish Encyclopedia. I suggust your customers buy both books. Each one gives varied and unique perspectives on all the subjects.
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Where I'm coming from: I'm non-Jewish and am pro-Jewish on the individual level, just as I am pro-black on an individual level, in other words I look at people as individuals when I look at them individually which is hopefully most of the time. I also happen to be of "old stock" European ancestry, and so I am none too pleased with what may be termed the "Jewish Agenda" with regards to supporting the demographic change in the U.S. (Some might call it a sort of quiet genocide of my people.)

Anyway, this is a very interesting book and I have a long way to go in finishing it. But what seems to be a common theme is that Jews (racial and religious) who have entries on them in the book are treated as "one of the gang" and they are described with a great deal of sympathy regardless of how they may have hurt non-Jews (and Jews themselves); Karl Marx, Jabotinsky, and Menachem Begin, for example, come to mind. There are many outstanding (in the most positive sense) Jewish individuals with entries, such as the great Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, one of the finest legal minds and one who had a tremendous sympathy for his fellow humans and who wrote the most beautiful legal opinions, a real hero of mine. Many other great people of the Jewish faith are included.

But why, oh why, is Karl Marx there? You'd think Jews would want to disown him. I think some earlier Jewish Encylopedias included Herbert Aptheker, (former) chief theoretician for the Communist Party, USA. How strange, how unholy...

The passage on Disraeli was quite interesting in that it ends with a statement he made to the effect that Jews were the purest, best, and noblest race. From what I've read so far, this also seems to be central to the guiding philosophy behind this book.

To learn about the Jewish people this book is very helpful.
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