By David J. Goldberg
'This handsomely produced and apparently illustrated quantity is 2 works in a single. the 1st half bargains a survey of Jewish historical past and literature. the second one half offers what the preface describes as 'a thematic research of the lessons and practices of Judaism.'' Israel Finestein, Jewish Chronicle
'Fluently written, with an admirable fair-mindedness in surveying either historical past and belief.' A.J. Shermann, Times Literary Supplement
'The clever non-expert will get a transparent photograph of Jewish existence, letters and heritage and it'll be an without end beneficial reference book.' Julia Neuberger, Times academic Supplement
'A wide-ranging account of items Jewish that you may actually suggest to intellectually curious Gentiles, in addition to to nearly all of glossy secularized Jews who be aware of really little approximately their advanced tradition.' Louis Marcus, Irish occasions
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1895, from a French journal (Jean-Loup Charmet) The shame of Captain Dreyfus: Dreyfus is decreased to the ranks, 1895; a demonstration from a French journal (Jean-Loup Charmet) Zionists harvest their very own grapes on an early commune in Palestine (Historical files, Jerusalem) A Jewish book-seller in Whitechapel, 1952 (BBC Hulton photo Library) Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) (Mary Evans photo Library) A cheder in Slonim (now within the USSR), 1938 (Roman Vishniac) A boy examining his bar-mitzvah element (Wiener Library) a lady deported from Czechoslovakia via the Nazis (Wiener Library) in an effort to his first day at a cheder in Mukachevo, a city within the Ukraine, 1938 (Roman Vishniac) ‘Jew baiting’ in Austria: a Nazi passes an optician’s store in Vienna that's daubed with the observe ‘Jew’ and a swastika in purple and black paint (The photograph resource) The Western Wall, Jerusalem, on the flip of the century (Wiener Library) The Western Wall, Jerusalem, after 1967, while it got here again into Israeli palms (The photograph resource) The woodcut illustrations at the identify and half-title pages are reproduced from Die Prager Hagada von 1526, released via the Verlag für Jüdischer Kunst und Kultur Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin 1920. The Hebrew alphabet reproduced at the bankruptcy openings was once utilized in Christopher Plantin’s Biblia sacra of 1569. pictures courtesy of Berthold Wolpe. PREFACE it truly is with nice diffidence that one presumes so as to add another ebook to the large stockpile of literature which over the centuries has accreted round ‘the humans of the Book’. That Jews can be attracted to themselves is comprehensible; yet their adventure in background has aroused virtually as a lot curiosity and remark from outdoor observers. Their obdurate constancy to the religion in their ancestors, their resilience in adversity and their knack of adapting their abilities and energies to replaced conditions, have ensured their survival lengthy after the Greek civilization, which taken care of them with condescension, and the Roman empire, which held them in contempt, have handed into oblivion. the 2 nice religions of Christianity and, to a lesser volume, Islam owe their being to Judaism. The complexities of dealing with a rejected mom faith whose adherents refused to transform or disappear inspired medieval Christianity to excesses of anti-Jewish persecution which led, eventually and inexorably, to the horrors of Hitler’s Holocaust; or even Islam, with a theology extra respectful in the direction of Abraham and his monotheistic descendants, has sometimes been accountable of savage hostility in the direction of its Jewish topics. Small ask yourself, then, that this numerically insignificant humans and their faith – situated, accidentally or windfall, on the geographical and cultural crossroads of early western civilization – must have exerted any such perennial fascination. in the course of the Age of Enlightenment the concept took root between these sympathetic to Judaism that the way during which the kingdom handled its Jewish minority used to be a barometer of its civilization.