The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History

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9780028627113: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History

For 5,758 years, the Jewish people and their culture survived and prospered, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles such as the Egyptian enslavement, the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem, the Spanish Inquisition, Russian pogroms, the Nazi Holocaust, and continued anti-Semitism today. This Complete Idiots Guide contains easy-to-follow coverage of all of Jewish history, including profiles of Biblical, religious, and political leaders such as Abraham, Moses, King David, and Golda Meir. The last part of the book focuses on understanding the Jewish influence on American and world culture, with insights into- the Yiddish and Hebrew languages; theater; art; literature; comedy; film; television; and more.

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Youre no idiot, of course. You know that Judaism began with Abraham and that Moses led the children out of slavery in Egypt. But when it comes to knowing who Elijah, Esther, and Judah Maccabee were, and their significance to Judaism, you feel like youve been wandering in the desert for 40 years. Dont feel Jewish guilt just yet! The Complete Idiots Guide to Jewish History and Culture provides you with a complete, authoritative account of the Jewish people--from Abraham, Moses, and King David to Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. In this Complete Idiots Guide, you get-

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Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of seven books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Jewish History and Culture and The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Learning Yiddish, as well as associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and Rabbi Emeritus of Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York.

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