Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice by Michael L. Satlow

By Michael L. Satlow

How do we outline "Judaism," and what are the typical threads uniting historical rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and smooth secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow bargains a clean viewpoint on Judaism that acknowledges either its similarities and its sizeable range. offering snapshots of Judaism from world wide and all through heritage, Satlow explores the hyperlinks among drastically assorted groups and their Jewish traditions. He reports the geonim, rabbinical students who lived in Iraq from the 9th to 12th centuries; the highbrow flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century jap Europe faced modernity; and the post-World struggle II improvement of certain American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow will pay shut recognition to how groups outline themselves, their dating to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His attention-grabbing pix exhibit the amazingly inventive methods Jews have tailored through the years to social and political demanding situations and proceed to stay a "Jewish family."

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