While the prevailing tendency among apocryphal writers of the hasidean school was to give the book of life an eschatological meaning the jewish liturgy and the tradition relating to the new year and atonement days adhered to the ancient view which took the book of life in its natural meaning preferring from a practical point of view the . How does one choose the hundred best jewish books how can one even begin to compare books like exodus the second book of the torah and exodus the novel about the creation of the state of israel by leon uris to avoid these sorts of problems i have divided jewish books into 10 categories and offer 10 important jewish books in each category. Challenges of jewish history the first unit is an introduction to the study of jewish history as a whole and the next eight units cover all of history from adam and eve until modern times teachers can of course choose which parts to teach add or subtract as they see fit unit 1 introduction to jewish history. This chapter describes the history religion customs and culture of the jewish people an understanding of who are the jews is a prerequisite to understanding the roots of anti semitism which in its most vile form sowed the seeds of the holocaust which had as its ultimate objective the total annihilation of the jewish people
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