Download PDF by Nicholas de Lange: An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion)

By Nicholas de Lange

ISBN-10: 0511009313

ISBN-13: 9780511009310

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In his publication, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a brief perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this ebook for those that have very little time to take a position on voluminous texts. the varied illustrations he used to demystify old ideas like Zionism and Diaspora are of serious worth; even supposing that any one who's acquainted with his past works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish international and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this is often one e-book that may enlighten an individual who has curiosity in Jewish historical past and demography. it's a well-researched piece. fantastically summarized! one other compelling chronicle.

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Great efforts have been devoted to teaching the newcomers the Hebrew language and helping them and their children to assimilate to the prevailing culture. At the same time, there is a strong tendency for Jews to maintain and express their distinctive identity, derived from their ethnic background or the country from which they came. It is not so much a melting pot as a fruit salad, particularly so far as the first generation of immigrants is concerned, since their children tend to adapt to a more homogeneous Israeli culture during their period of compulsory military service.

The original Jewish inhabitants before the first Zionist aliyah in the s were mainly pious Jews who lived in the holy cities of Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberias and Safed, keeping the flickering flame of Judaism alive through the dark centuries of Muslim and Crusading Christian rule. They are known as the ‘Old Yishuv [settlement]’, to distinguish them from the ‘New Yishuv’ that followed. Their numbers were very small. Zionist immigration, before and after the Balfour Declaration of  and the granting of the British Mandate by the League of Nations in , completely changed the nature of the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel.

It is not so much a melting pot as a fruit salad, particularly so far as the first generation of immigrants is concerned, since their children tend to adapt to a more homogeneous Israeli culture during their period of compulsory military service. Israel holds a unique place in the affections of Jews around the world, whether or not they consider it to be the holy land or the Jewish homeland in a political sense. Israel itself views itself as different in kind from the rest of the Jewish world, which is called in Hebrew galut or golah, ‘exile’.

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