Introduction to Judaism

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100016851
Released: Oct 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682766408
Narrator/s: Shai Cherry
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Description

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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Author(s): Shai Cherry
Series: Great Courses
Genre: Religion

Professional reviews

"There is a brief flourish of trumpets. An announcer delivers the topic of the particular lecture. A small group erupts into applause. Professor Cherry seizes the mike, and also the day, because he is an excellent lecturer with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject. In 24 lectures he takes listeners from Judaism's earliest beginnings to today. His young-sounding voice fairly vibrates with enthusiasm, and, best of all, he is mostly objective, not favoring one or the other of the modern versions of Judaism. There is a lot to learn, and one learns a lot here. The production is accompanied by an excellent course guide. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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