Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History by Joseph TelushkinRabbi Telushkins Jewish Literacy is intended to serve as a general introduction to Judaism and Jewish culture and history. It performs more than admirably as such an introduction. Telushkins prose is simple and elegant and capable of delivering large amounts of information with little wasted verbiage. His style is engaging as well as informative. This is no dry Judaism 101 textbook. Telushkin clearly has a love for this work and it comes through in his writing. He has an academics grasp of the facts, and a storytellers gift for the personal and historical anecdote.
This book is a must-have for anyone looking for a general introduction or reference to Judaism and Jewish cultural literacy.
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Prophets and prophecy are integral to Judaism. Abraham , Isaac and Jacob , the forefathers of the Jewish people, were prophets. Moses —the giver of the Law—was considered the greatest prophet who ever lived. In later generations, prophets and prophetesses guided the people, chided them when they did wrong and comforted them when things were tough. The Talmud tells us that there were 48 prophets and seven prophetesses of the Jewish people.
Listverse Staff , Updated June 14, The Jewish people have a long and colorful history. They are the source of some of the greatest thinking in history — religious and scientific. They have suffered many tribulations and have been the cause of a few as well. They have been central figures in much of the unrest in the middle east where the nation of Israel was created by the United Nations in the 20th century. This is a list of the greatest Jews — those who have for good or bad influenced the world. After leading Israel to victory in the Arab-Israeli War, Ben-Gurion helped build the state institutions and oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world.
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You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store. The people of Israel also called the "Jewish People" trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe see Torah. Abraham, his son Yitshak Isaac , and grandson Jacob Israel are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites. All three patriarchs lived in the Land of Canaan, that later came to be known as the Land of Israel. The name Israel derives from the name given to Jacob Genesis His 12 sons were the kernels of 12 tribes that later developed into the Jewish nation. So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin.