As a religion, culture, and civilization, Judaism has evolved in surprising ways during its long and remarkable history. In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Cherry explores this rich religious heritage from biblical times to today.
The many topics you will learn about include: the oral Torah (the Mishnah) and its commentary (the Gemarahow), which constitute the Talmud; the three pillars of the world defined more than 2,000 years ago by Shimon the Righteous: Torah, worship, and deeds of loving kindness; the calendar of Jewish holidays, from the most important, the Sabbath, to the key holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Pentecost (Shavuot); and to historically minor celebrations such as Chanukah, which is now a more visible holiday; and the many mysteries of Jewish thought and ritual, such as why the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) is the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). In addition, Professor Cherry devotes several lectures to complex issues such as the problem of evil and suffering, the Zionist movement, the role and status of women in the Jewish world, and how Judaism understands Christianity.
From the first lecture on the Torah to the last on the Jews as the Chosen People, this course is packed with truly fascinating information.
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I have listened to dozens of great courses lectures and I would rank this among the top three
This series traces and explains a rich tradition that is not only ancient, but is able to adapt as the world changes. For non-jewish person such as me, the course effectively explains the origins of Judaism and it's evolution over millennia as well as helps in understanding the current forms of Judaism practice today. I would imagine that this course would be highly informative to most jewish people as well.
Professor Cherry speaks from a deep understanding of this faith and is able to give insights that would otherwise be lost on a non-jewish lecturer. He is dynamic and makes the ancient texts come to life in a way that can be understood as relevant to the modern person.
My prior ignorance in thinking that judaism is a faith rooted in ancient laws and practices with diminished relevance today was completely blown away by the knowledge that this faith leaves space for debate and for the evolution of the interpretation of it's sacred texts over time.
This course moved me one step closer to a place of understanding humanity. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow from this incredibly important series
This was a comprehensive, understandable course. The presenter covered so much material in an open non-biased way regarding the different types of Judaism and the historical background. There was so much material that I will have to listen to it again to gain an even better understanding. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Professor Cherry gave just the right amount of background information and concrete examples to keep things engaging. I was so curious to learn more that I finished the whole course in less than a week!
The course is probably best for someone with a little background knowledge about the basics of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Western history. That being said, it should appeal to wide variety of audiences. I know a lot about Christianity and the course was a perfect way for me to expand my knowledge of Judaism.The author also did a great job dealing with controversial topics that arise in the course, sharing his own view in a gentle way, while also acknowledging other sides of the issues.
I've always wanted to know something more about Judaism and this was the first "study" of Judaism that I've done and I'm glad I did it. I learned a lot and felt that this was a great introduction to the subject. Professor Shai Cherry did a great a job and I really enjoyed listening to his lectures. Thanks!
Dr. Shai Cherry is very engaging and explains things very clearly. Despite his obvious love for the Judaism he stays critical and gives different perspectives. The mixture of stories and 'theory' is perfect. Absolutely loved the book, listed to some sections twice. I had so much fun.
He's extremely well informed, intelligent and easy to listen to. You were expecting maybe? This is exactly what you want in a long audiobook to keep you informed. In fact, I just bought the DVDs for this course used from Amazon because I want to see it as well now. Unfortunately, you might have to pay full price for them or wait for Dr. Cherry's course to go online at Amazon Instant Video where you also get a discount. This is honestly one of my favorite Great Courses, and I have been studying Judiasm for about 20 years as a goy. Ruderman is also very good, IMO, if you want to go that direction. I have troube finding sources I like for Islam so I am probably going to buy his Course in a few months. Enjoy!
The comprehensiveness of this scholar and his very pleasant method of speaking.
He is emptive and just a very excellent lecturer which, frankly, you need to complete one of these courses due to the length and depth of them. I also bought the DVDs for Dr. cherry's course because I want to see him and enjoy his style and any visual aids more.
very enjoyable lecturer. Way above average, trust me.
People who want to turn God's word into suggestions they can take or leave as they wish.
The download and sound quality were great. They did their job just fine.
This professor has lots of titles, accomplishments and education. He knows his subject well and if I had read his list of postings and teaching career first I would not have purchased this book. His degrees are in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Brandeis University. Professor Cherry's research focuses on biblical interpretation and the nexus between science and Judaism. His essay Three Twentieth-Century Jewish Responses to Evolutionary Theory appeared in the 2003 This man is a very liberal Bible critic who took the Torah and Tanak and reduced it to myth, legend and misunderstandings. He gives many convincing reasons why we can't believe most of what we read in Scripture and then the stuff he personally believes is fact needs to be interpreted for you, by him because you are too dense and uneducated to get it on your own. His first lesson teaches that two different God's had two separate creations in Genesis. One for all the earth and sun and sky and man in God's image that took seven days and then another God that created man from dirt . This is a personal soapbox not an introduction to Judaism. Speaking as a Jew this wasn't just a waste of time and money, I feel like I need to take a bath to clean this stuff off!
All of it unless the title is changed. This has almost nothing to do with Judaism as a people or practice or religion. This publication is his personal beliefs, mixing all different philosophies and faiths and very liberal interpretations.
Be very careful to research who's teaching a class and what their personal beliefs are before choosing to take to heart their words. Just because someones teaching sounds wise does not mean it's wisdom.
Speaking as a non jew who has listened to many of the great course lectures on religion, this is one of my favourite.
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