By Sylvia Barack Fishman, PhD 6"x9" (262 Pages)Publisher: Jewish Lights, 2006 Part of the "The Way Into . . ." series.
An accessible introduction to the many ways Jews understand Jewishness and identify themselves and their communities throughout history and today.
Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman helps us explore the religious and historical understanding of what it has meant to be Jewish from ancient times to the present controversy over Who is a Jew? Beginning with the biblical period, this volume takes us period-by-period through Jewish history to reveal who the Jewish community included, and excluded, and discusses the fascinating range of historical conflicts that Jews have dealt with internally, including rationalists and Lithuanians against mystics and Hasidim, the Karaites, and Jews for Jesus. It will provide an understanding of how the Jewish people and faith developed, and of what the major religious differences are among Jewish movements today.