"Intrigued by the recent events in Egypt and the Middle East, I found myself looking for more information on the region, which led me to Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace. This audio book told by one of the behind the scenes member, Leon Charney was a good introduction to Camp David Peace Accords history. The book was narrated by George Guidall (great job btw). It easy to listen, it provides enough background information to bring newbies up to speed, as well as some fascinating new information and insights from the people who were there to change history.
During sermons, worshippers will often hear from the rabbi the words, “And the Talmud says…” The Bible may lay down the laws, but the Talmud, comprised of oral law based on ancient practices, provides a guideline for how to apply these laws. However, many of these worshippers may be surprised to learn there was once a struggle between two competing Talmuds after rabbis and Talmudic scholars abandoned the Holy Land to make their way in what came to be known as the land of the Diaspora.
The book explains how these Babylonian scholars created their own interpretation of the Torah that grew to take precedence over the Jerusalem scholars and how these scholars justified ignoring the biblical injunction that Jews must live in the land of Israel as well as their appropriation of religious rule.
It’s a fascinating book, I enjoyed listening to it multiple times. I would recommend this to everyone that’s interested in the history of Judaism.
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