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One Hundred Great Jewish Books: Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation Paperback – October 1, 2011
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"Rabbi Hoffman . . . has compiled a list of what he considers to be great Jewish books. . . . The selections are organized by broad topic. . . . Guaranteed to spark conversation and offer excellent selections for book clubs." —Booklist (November 1, 2011)
About the Author
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman is a rabbi and the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He lectures widely on bringing spiritual innovation into contemporary Jewish life and is the author of many books, including Israel: A Spiritual Travel Guide, The Journey Home, and the National Jewish Book Award winner My People's Prayer Book.
Top Customer Reviews
Hoffman acknowledges that his choices for inclusion in his survey are "somewhat personal"; and even though he never mentions it, the one hundred book cut-off is artificial given that there are far more than a hundred books on his list. It just depends on how you count them. For example, the Babylonian Talmud is counted as only one book despite the 63 named tractates which run to 72 volumes in the current Hebrew/English Artscroll edition. Hoffman also counts the Midrash Rabbah as one book even though it takes up 10 volumes in the Soncino Press edition.Read more ›
conversation. And the 100 great Jewish books mentioned in the title are the means Hoffman uses to introduce the reader to that
conversation. Just the list alone would make the book worth buying. So would Hoffman's concise and expert descriptions of the books and
their importance. But the real jewel here is the package Hoffman has put together. This is as much a book about the nature of Judaism as
it is about Jewish books.
Moreover, in spite of its depth, the book is an easy read, in part because the content is so conveniently divided up into two to three page
One of the most intriguing books I've read.