The Jewish religion : a companion /

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Author / Creator:Jacobs, Louis.
Imprint:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Description:641 p.
Subject:Judaism -- Dictionaries
Judaism -- Essence, genius, nature.
Judaism -- Essence, genius, nature.
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Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Although there is no dearth of good one-volume reference books on Jewish culture, Jewish history, Jewish biography, and the like, Judaism itself--the religion that defines the whole enterprise--has not been as well served. The more welcome, then, Jacobs's fine dictionary. A well-known British rabbi and writer, Jacobs, an outspoken advocate of what in the US would be called "conservative" Judaism, has been a controversial figure in contemporary, orthodox-dominated English Jewish life. Nonetheless, by US standards, his perspective (about which he is explicit) is solidly in the mainstream. The book is enormously useful, with articles of varying length on the wide spectrum of ethical, doctrinal, and ritual issues encountered in the practice of Judaism (two paragraphs on "beard," more than eight columns on "dietary laws"). Included are subjects such as abortion, conversion, miracles, women; numerous common Hebrew terms (bimah, mikveh, tefillin); important figures in the development of Judaism (Buber, Heschel, Hirsch, Kaplan). The presentation of facts and issues is invariably clear and to the point. An indispensable resource for all libraries. S. Lehmann University of Pennsylvania

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