Introduction to Judaism : The Great Courses: Judaism

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Shai Cherry
  • Series: The Great Courses: Judaism
  • 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

As a religion, culture, and civilization, Judaism has evolved in surprising ways during its long and remarkable history. In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Cherry explores this rich religious heritage from biblical times to today.
The many topics you will learn about include: the oral Torah (the Mishnah) and its commentary (the Gemarahow), which constitute the Talmud; the three pillars of the world defined more than 2,000 years ago by Shimon the Righteous: Torah, worship, and deeds of loving kindness; the calendar of Jewish holidays, from the most important, the Sabbath, to the key holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Pentecost (Shavuot); and to historically minor celebrations such as Chanukah, which is now a more visible holiday; and the many mysteries of Jewish thought and ritual, such as why the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) is the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). In addition, Professor Cherry devotes several lectures to complex issues such as the problem of evil and suffering, the Zionist movement, the role and status of women in the Jewish world, and how Judaism understands Christianity.
From the first lecture on the Torah to the last on the Jews as the Chosen People, this course is packed with truly fascinating information.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Introduction to Judaism - a review by I Waine

Clear, practical and mostly non partisan introduction to Judaism, especially to one who had no idea. Will be a book that I reread, I suspect, many times.
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- Amazon Customer

Interesting

Worth listening to. A good intro to Judaism. Clear, balanced, interesting. Professor Cherry did a good job with this.
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- L. Taylor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses