Perhaps the best part of this book is its conclusion, a tzavaah, or ethical will, written as an open letter to his children. In it, he quotes a letter from a mother to her child, written while they were living in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, before they both were murdered by the Nazis. This letter offers an extraordinarily persuasive and poignant summary of what exactly makes a Jew a Jew: "Judaism, my child, is the struggle to bring down God upon earth, a struggle for the sanctification of the human heart. This struggle your people wages not with physical force but with spirit and by constant striving for truth and justice. So, do you understand, my child, how we are distinct from others and wherein lies the secret of our existence on earth?" To these words, Ariel adds a moving piece of advice to his own children, and to his readers: "Remember, your life is like a book. Write in it what you want to be known about you." --Michael Joseph Gross
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a Christian, I feel that what I believe began with what the Jews believed and I love learning as much about God, "bless His name", as... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
very interesting and informative - gives me a very good picture of the background of my faith and the roots of ChristianityPublished 2 months ago by Jo D. Malessa
poorly written. not informative.
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Great book. It covers the subject pretty well. I would recommend this for book lovers and people who enjoy light reading.Published on January 3, 2013 by Fresh