By Louis Jacobs
How do Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism range? Is caviar kosher? Who used to be Maimonides? what's present Jewish idea on Jesus, intercourse, abortion, feminism, and capital punishment? Spanning from biblical occasions to the current, The Jewish faith deals a goldmine of data on Jewish trust and perform, knowledge and tradition, background and tradition.Sweeping in scope and according to impeccable scholarship, this volume's 750 alphabetical entries diversity from Aaron to Zweifel to light up nearly each side of the Jewish background. for instance, the booklet explains Halakhah and Aggadah, the felony and non-legal facets of Jewish concept; lines the improvement of the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform hobbies; discusses Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment) and Hasidism; and explores the variations among the Spanish traditions of the Sephardim and the German traditions of the Ashkenazim. It examines the good philosophical questions underlying the Jewish religion; conscientiously examines Zionism, with its stress among faith and nationalism and its profound implications for the current and the way forward for Israel; and serves as a wonderful significant other to Jewish non secular and philosophical literature. Readers will locate entries on all of the books of the outdated Testament--with compelling descriptions of the patriarchs, prophets, and legislations givers--on the oral and written Torah, at the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmud, and at the Kabbalah. Jacobs examines all of the nice Jewish thinkers--from Rashi, Akiba, and Judah the Prince, to Maimonides, Spinoza, and Martin Buber--and he describes the concept of the Baal Shem Tov, founding father of Hasidism, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, father of the Reform flow, and Theodore Herzl, the originator of recent Zionism. ultimately, the booklet is stuffed with info on well known customs, rituals, and spiritual prone, masking the entire significant vacation trips, supplying assistance on prayer and liturgy, and explaining the nutritional legislation intimately. It even deals step by step directions for engaging in the Passover Seder, getting ready matzoh, kindling the Hannukah lighting fixtures, development a sukkah, and lots more and plenty, a lot more.Here then is a matchless advisor to Jewish faith, background, tradition, and inspiration and a beneficial repository of data for either Jews and non-Jews alike.