By Nicholas de Lange
In his e-book, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a short perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this publication for those who have very little time to speculate on voluminous texts. the various illustrations he used to demystify historic thoughts like Zionism and Diaspora are of serious price; even supposing that any one who's conversant in his previous works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish international and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this can be one booklet that would enlighten a person who has curiosity in Jewish historical past and demography. it's a well-researched piece. superbly summarized! one other compelling chronicle.
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Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave the world the eternal Book of Books. After being exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom. ’ Thus, although Israel is a secular state with no established religion, Judaism has a central and strong place within it, and the Jewish majority have certain rights and privileges which are not shared by others.
As the position of the Jews in society was gradually made more and more degraded at the behest of the Church, leaders of Christian opinion tried to persuade the public that this was imposed by God as a punishment. Some Christian states took such drastic steps as baptising all the Jews by force (first decreed in Spain in ) or expelling them en masse (as happened in England in ). At the time of the French Revolution Judaism was still outlawed in Spain, in consequence of an edict imposing baptism on all those who refused to leave the country on the completion of the Christian Reconquest in , an event which has left a permanent scar on the collective Jewish psyche.
The Jewish communities during this period of ostensible powerlessness were successful self-governing entities within a wider state, governed by their own officials according to the Jews’ own laws. The Roman Empire, down to the early fifth century, recognised the Patriarch of the Jews as a state functionary; one observer described him as ‘hardly different from a ruler of the nation’. 6 The medieval community was inherently similar, with the rabbis administering the Jewish law and settling disputes and lay leaders dealing with finance and internal politics, and occasionally representing the community in dealings with the higher authorities.
An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange