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What Do Jews Believe?: The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism epub

by David Ariel


What Do Jews Believe?: The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism epub

ISBN: 0805210598

ISBN13: 978-0805210590

Author: David Ariel

Category: Spirituality

Subcategory: Judaism

Language: English

Publisher: Schocken; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (January 23, 1996)

Pages: 304 pages

ePUB book: 1907 kb

FB2 book: 1785 kb

Rating: 4.6

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What Do Jews Believe? book.

What Do Jews Believe? book. David Ariel walks us through the spiritual aspects of Judaism, covering God, prayer, the Mitzvot, Good & Evil, Torah, human destiny, Jewish messianism and what being the "Chosen People" really entails. Each chapter shows how these concepts have evolved from Biblical Judaism through rabbinical and medieval schools of thought and how they have changed (or not) under the influence of modern schools of Jewish thought.

What Do Jews Believe? describes some essential "sacred myths," such as the existence and nature of God, the .

What Do Jews Believe? describes some essential "sacred myths," such as the existence and nature of God, the meaning of the Torah, the importance of prayer, and the significance of chosenness. Not only is the book well written it seems to cover what Jews believe and does it without being negative toward any other religion. It is well done and complete.

Ariel, David S. Publication date. New York : Schocken Books : Distributed by Pantheon Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana.

Details about What Do Jews Believe?: In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals .

Details about What Do Jews Believe?: In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism

Dr Ariel has written four books including Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism and What do Jews Believe? . Brilliantly organizes the major ideas of Judaism. Anyone seeking orientation within the complex world of Jewish thought should begin with this book.

Dr Ariel has written four books including Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism and What do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism. ▲. "A clear and valuable guide to the convictions and vision of Judaism. Susannah Heschel, author of On Being a Jewish Feminist. A thoughtful, informed, broad-minded overview of the most basic principles of the Jewish religion. Robert M. Seltzer, author of Jewish People, Jewish Thought.

What do Jews Believe?. New York: Schocken Books, 1995. Intro to "Through the Sacred Desert".

The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism, by David Ariel, is a basic exploration of the broad question posed by its title some Jews believe that. Ariel explains why Jews believe what they believe and those beliefs evolved.

some Jews believe that. Brilliant, easily understandable overview. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. The most lucid explanation of the basic ideas of Judaism I've ever read. Reccomended for the scholar and the layman. Be sure to read the ethical will to Dr. Ariel's children.

What do Jews believe, and do they all believe the same things? . The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism by David Ariel.

What do Jews believe, and do they all believe the same things? Dictionary definitions of a Jew include a member of the tribe of Judah, an Israelite, a member of a nation existing in the land of Israel from the 6th century . to the 1st century . a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people, and one whose religion is Judaism. In the Torah-the first five books of the Bible-Genesis 14:13 teaches that Abram, commonly recognized as the first Jew, was described as a Hebrew. More insights from your Bible study - Get Started with Logos Bible Software for Free!

David Ariel is President of the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland. He is the author of the best selling book What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism, and Spiritual Judaism: Restoring Heart and Soul to Jewish Life

David Ariel is President of the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland. He is the author of the best selling book What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism, and Spiritual Judaism: Restoring Heart and Soul to Jewish Life. Ariel lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism. About What Do Jews Believe? In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism.

In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism.
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a Christian, I feel that what I believe began with what the Jews believed and I love learning as much about God, "bless His name", as I can. (I learned from this book to bless God's name whenever used.) It was a little difficult to keep track of the Hebrew and Yiddish names and words used, but there is a brief list of some of the more common terms used in the back of the book.

The author used a nice format for describing each section that I caught onto after about the third time he started a new topic. He would start with the oldest concepts and discuss as these evolved over time during different developmental times of Jewish thought. I'm not sure I can remember them all, but it was something like this, age of the Talmud (as it was written by Moses), times of the Priests (while the 1st and 2nd Temple existed), then when the 2nd temple was destroyed and no more sacrifices could be made Jewish thought was regulated by the Rabbis and the most popular of them established large and influential schools to study the Talmud and interpret it to the people, often coming up with new thought and conflicting opinion. The Middle Ages brought a time of acceptance of some of the concepts of the Arab schools, Greek Philosophy, and even some Christian thinking on God. Then the period of "Modern" (1800's) thought is covered as scholars started to use a more scientific process to study word structure, archeology, and critical thought to try to determine Biblical (Talmudic) accuracy. Then finally, a description of current thinking from the different Jewish groups Orthodox, Reformed, Ameican, etc. Also, included are discussions of the school of mystic Jewish thought, Kaballa, which arose in Spain and was influential in several periods.

Of course, being Jewish, the author says Christians are confused and there were many false Messiahs including Jesus. He implies he can't believe that anyone would believe for 2000 years Jesus was the Messiah since none of the expectations of what the Messiah would do were accomplished by Jesus. (They expected the Messiah to be a mortal man and military ruler who will defeat the enemies of the Jews and rebuild King David's Kingdom on Earth.) And that the followers of Jesus purposely searched the Talmud to find and distort prophetic passages to use as "proof" of Jesus being the Messiah.

So, as I understand this book to say, Jewish thought is an evolving understanding of man's relationship to his creator. It changes and grows over time and can be influenced by changing human conditions like the horror of the Holocaust, and influenced by other things like scientific and archeological discoveries, etc. The Jew is responsible to God, bless His name, for following the instructions set down in the Talmud and interpreted by the Rabbis. His salvation is based on following these regulations, and that most of them have an aspect of doing "good deeds" for others including family, friends, the poor, the widow, orphans, and others who are less fortunate. Prayer is part of the regulations and helps to include the Jew in developing a sense of belonging to the community of worshippers.

There is lots more great information in this book and I recommend you read it for yourself​.
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Great book. It covers the subject pretty well. I would recommend this for book lovers and people who enjoy light reading.
This book was a simply fantastic read. I feel it really captures the development, and belief system of ancient and modern Judaism. Would recommend to anyone learning about Judaism.
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