Any bookshelf boasting an array of the world s greatest philosophical literature would not be complete without Yehuda HaLevi's 12th century classic, The Kuzari. In dialog format, it presents a meeting between the ruler of the Khazar kingdom and a Jewish sage, who together, discuss a series of theological, philosophical, and ideological dilemmas that are timely, timeless, and universal.
The Kuzariwas so vital a text when it first appeared in Arabic, that it was soon translated into Hebrew to make the work more accessible to a broader public. Over the centuries, it remains an informative, fundamental literary resource. In part, this is due to the breadth and depth of its content, but also to the engaging manner in which it clarifies a diverse range of essential Jewish concepts theological, philosophical, and historical.
Several translations have appeared in English over the last one hundred years, but none compare to the standard set in 1998 by Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin. This critically acclaimed masterpiece stands out for its accuracy and clarity, while remaining loyal to the logic, passion, and spirit of the original text. The Korobkin Kuzari is an academic achievement of the highest order taking an enduring classic and making it readily accessible to a new generation of readers.
Out of print for years, Feldheim Publishers, as part of its distinguished Torah Classics Library, presents the Korobkin translation of The Kuzari in an updated, annotated edition that also benefits from several new and noteworthy features. An extensive introduction helps orient the reader with a biography of Yehuda HaLevi, a discussion of his philosophical approach to Judaism, as well as a brief history of the 8th century Khazar kingdom. This provides a broad yet thorough historical context that will add immeasurably to any reader s understanding of this treasured work.
Rabbi Korobkin, in reviewing his manuscript, has improved upon his own translation with changes, corrections, additional notes and extensive commentary, making this volume the most authoritative edition of this classic work currently available.
For centuries, this influential text has been studied and enjoyed for the illuminating manner in which it addresses basic philosophical issues and concerns. This new edition makes this indispensable guide available to anyone thirsting for knowledge and a better understanding of Judaism s fundamental precepts.