Judaism: The Basics by Jacob Neusner

By Jacob Neusner

The oldest of the world’s significant faiths, Judaism as practiced this day represents a convention that is going again approximately 6,000 years. obtainable and wide-ranging, Judaism: the fundamentals is vital source masking the tales, ideals and expressions of that tradition.

Key themes coated include:

  • the Torah
  • Israel – the nation and its people
  • Passover
  • Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Zionism
  • the impression of the Holocaust.

With a thesaurus of phrases and wide feedback for additional interpreting, Judaism: the fundamentals is a necessary advisor in the course of the wealthy intricacies of the Jewish religion and people.

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B. their delectable things shall not profit, and their own witnesses see not nor know” (Isa. ’ Then all the gentiles will crowd together: ‘All of the nations are gathered together’ (Isa. 43:9). The Holy One, blessed be He, will say to them, ‘Do not crowd together before me in a mob. But let each nation enter together with [2B] its scribes, and let the peoples be gathered together’ (Isa. 43:9), and the word ‘people’ means ‘Kingdom’: ‘and one Kingdom shall be stronger than the other’ (Gen. ” We note that the players are the principal participants in world history: The Romans first and foremost, then the Persians, the other world rulers of the age: C.

Seeking patterns in abundant data like natural historians in a tropical forest, the rabbinic sages constantly cite verses of Scripture to provide the facts at hand. The sages discern out of those facts the patterns and regularities that signal the workings of laws, just as in natural history the philosopher turns the facts of nature into natural laws. The rabbis construct with those verses a pattern that permits the comparison they have in mind. The method is clear. Notice how various books of Scripture, both the Torah and the prophets and the writings, contribute to the exposition.

45 46 Judaism through story The redemptive promise that stood by the forefathers and “stands by us” is not a mundane historical event, but a mythic interpretation of natural events that are beyond historical recovery. The myth that a Jew must think of himself or herself as having gone forth from Egypt and as being redeemed by God renders ordinary experience into a moment of celebration. If “us, too, the living, He redeemed,” then the observer no longer witnesses only historical folk in historical time, but an eternal return to sacred time.

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