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Judaism

A Very Short Introduction
Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
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Norman Solomon's succinct audiobook is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to surveying the nature and development of Judaism, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism - its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women, and medical and commercial ethics.

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©1996 Norman Solomon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Freedom in Doctrine & Conformity in Action

"The spirit of Judaism is freedom in doctrine and conformity in action."
- Norman Solomon quoting Moses Mendlssohn, Politics: VSI

Vol N° 11 of Oxford's Very Short Introductins series, Judaism, covers all its bases and delivers a useful, if uninspiring look at Judaism. Don't get me wrong. There are several sections I enjoyed, but even in the beginning, Solomon might have been able to condense Judaism down to 150 pages, but he extracted the joy and the energy. He is locked, in this book/format, in a strict academic style that both wastes time and patronizes. Let's just pretend a book by Oxford already exists that lets us know that in all following VSI books that 1) English isn't neutral, 2) the part is not the whole and the whole is not the part, and 3) religion can't be divorced from society, history, language, every group has the right to define itself. Great. Again, too much time spent on the appetizers and you've kind let the main course get cold.

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overall good, a little awkward

generally good structure and topic choice. i had a hard time following some sections mostly due to unfamiliarity with hebrew terms used

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  • 05-31-18

Interesting... more on the history of Judaism...

Interesting read... Too much historical content and less content on the belief within Judaism and why.