A History of the Jewish Experience 2nd Edition
Rabbi Leo Trepp, once again, demonstrates his erudition, humor, warmth, and love of Judaism in this wholly revised and updated edition of his classic text.
Not so much a history of the Jews as a history of the Jewish experience, this is a must-have book for anyone wishing to understand modern Judaism.
This comprehensive work includes prayers and practices, values and traditions, ideas and hopes, culture, faith, and great moments in Jewish history. Rabbi Trepp provides a masterful overview of Judaism that is at once historical and personal.
The first of the book's two parts, "Torah and History," provides historical insight and perspective. It takes the reader from biblical origins through post-biblical history and on to the development of the main branches of world Jewry. It presents as well the dynamics of American Jewry, the Holocaust, and the rebirth of Israel.
In the second part of the book, "Torah, Mitzvot, and Jewish Thought," Rabbi Trepp presents the personal aspects of Judaism and Jewish life. He explores the many diverse and rich approaches to contemporary religious study, worship, and community service. These chapters examine the celebration of holidays and the observance of life-cycle events. Rabbi Trepp also includes chapters on Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and the scholarly study of Jewish texts.
Eight maps and 140 illustrations enhance Rabbi Trepp's vivid and lively dialogue.
Long regarded as the most comprehensive one-volume history of Jewish civilization, A History of the Jewish Experience is now more valuable than ever--an essential part of every Jewish library or home collection.
Ideal for adult study, college courses, and post-confirmation and high school classes.