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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History, 2nd Edition (The Complete Idiot's Guide) [Paperback]

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Pages   435
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 6, 2004
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592572405  
EAN  9781592572403  

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Explores the origins of Judaism, the history of European Jewry, the Holocaust and Spanish Inquisition, and the Jewish influence on the arts, language, and popular culture

Publishers Description
One of our most popular religion and history titles-updated and revised.

This guide contains a complete, authoritative account of the Jewish people- including profiles of Biblical and political leaders-and focuses on understanding the Jewish influence on American and world culture, offering insights into the Yiddish and Hebrew languages, theater, art, literature, comedy, film, television, and more.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! BENJAMIN BLECH, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York. The author of Understanding Judaism and many other books, Rabbi Blech has appeared frequently on national television and has written for a host of national magazines and scholarly journals. He resides in New York City.

Benjamin Blech currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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I Love this Book  Jun 25, 2008
If your looking for a overview of Jewish history in one sitting, this is your book. Easy to read, well thought out and really only the core information.

After reading this one I realized I am still a dummy.
This Idiot's review of an Idiot's Book  Jul 28, 2005
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture is a must read for anyone who is even remotely interested in the Jewish culture or knows a Jewish person. This books takes you into the history and culture of Jewish people. It explores what it really means to be Jewish, why we are who we are, and how you can better understand us.

The language of the book is easy to understand which is expected of an Idiot's guide. It wouldn't be an Idiot's Guide if it requires a PhD. If a person wants to better understand the Jewish history and culture, or if a Jew wants to better understand our kistory and culture, then read this book.

I would also reccomend the other Idiot's Guides to Judaism in the series. They are all Must reads!

My rating is 4.5 triangles (out of 5).

Get your copy today and start exploring the history and culture of Judaism.

Jase ;0)

Jason P. Ruel
Only OK  May 28, 2005
I did not find this book to be as comprehensive as I would have liked. For instance, the only holidays he really explains are Purim, Hanukkah, and Yom Ha-Shoah. He mentions Yom Kippur only in passing; considering it is the most important Jewish holiday, I think merited much more explanation. There was no mention of Rosh Hashanah. I did find the coincidences of tragedy falling on Tisha B'Av interesting -- I definitely did not know that so many devastating events, from the destruction of both Temples to the expulsion of Jews from Spain all occurred on the same day. Rabbi Blech's notion that it is a message from God certainly seems plausible.

I was struck by the rather biased tone of the book. There are several instances in which Rabbi Blech infers he believes the Jews to be a superior people. He states twice that Jews have higher IQ's than other ethnic groups. While I'm not saying he doesn't have a point, I think it is dangerous to proclaim any group superior to another, even a group that has fought adversity (and won) since its beginnings and survived despite several attempts to exterminate them. He seems to have a somewhat anti-Christian bias, which is not something I have encountered with my co-workers or students. To be fair, most of that comes out in the chapters in which he recalls the worst acts carried out by Christians against Jews -- the Crusades, the Inquisition, expulsion from various countries. I did find some of his remarks about Jesus interesting. I wonder if it is widely accepted, for instance, that Jesus was an Essene? It wasn't something I knew.

I felt that the book was not as comprehensive as it might have been, but it is understandably hard to define the history and culture of an entire people who have survived over 5700 years. I realize the "Complete Idiot's" series is designed to be an introduction, but I can't help but feel like I ate what I thought would be a fairly decent meal that left me still hungry.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture  Dec 2, 2004
I found this book a very simplistic, condescending work.
Incredible Book!  Oct 20, 2003
As a High School student, I mostly feel I get more then enough lessons of History a week, though it does give me a chance to catch up on sleep. I picked up this book in order to help me write a Paper, and didn't stop reading it till the end even though I didn't need all of it. Written with humor and wit, this book conveys the essence of the Jewish People and enables you to look at it both objectivly and subjectively. The book gives you the reasons for every historical event and not just the sequence of events. For me, it gave history and new light, and I noticed that the reasons cited for many of the historical events actually apply today as well, though with different actions as the result. As they say, History does indeed repeat itself! Great job, Rabbi! I wish this author would share his wit and knowlage in many other subjects as he is the easiest way to learn!

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