Crash Course in Jewish History: From Abraham to Modern Israel

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Targum Press, 2010 - Religion - 484 pages
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From Abraham and the birth of monotheism to the Holocaust and the creations of modern Israel the Jewish people's progress through time violates all the laws of human history. For centuries, some of the greatest minds have come to appreciate the profound impact that this tiny nation has had on humanity and have tried to unlock the great mystery that the Jewish story presents, asking: How did this people survive against all the odds? Crash Course in Jewish History explores the 3,800 years of Jewish existence while answering the great question: Why have the Jewish people been so unique and influential yet so relentlessly hated and persecuted? This volume is not only comprehensive and readable; it is also entertaining and enlightening. Historian and author Rabbi Ken Spiro takes the reader on a fascinating and informative journey through time, highlighting the key lessons of Jewish and world history, and most importantly, the profound relevance that the past holds for the future of both the Jewish people and humanity. Novices and scholars alike will find this book to be thought-provoking and insightful a valuable guide to understanding the challenges we face in the 21st century.

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Review: Crash Course in Jewish History: The Miracle and Meaning of Jewish History, from Abraham to Modern Israel

User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

This is a fantastic book that truly makes Jewish history come to life. Most history texts are stuffy and tend to talk over the reader. However, Spiro manages to make our history read like a novel. I loved how he also explained a bit of the worlds history through the lens of Judaism. Read full review

Review: Crash Course in Jewish History: The Miracle and Meaning of Jewish History, from Abraham to Modern Israel

User Review  - Ziv - Goodreads

A very interesting read from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. I was upset to finish the book and am I am looking forward to Ken's next book. The History is written in simple English with interesting anecdotes from History a must read for anyone interested in this subject. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Rabbi Ken Spiro's quick-paced, humorous style catches and keeps an audience's interest; his ability to explain deep concepts clearly makes an impact that lasts long after the presentation.Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah's Discovery Seminar. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as B.B.C. Radio and TV., The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio. He is the author of WorldPerfect - The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books and Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press. His writings and seminars can be accessed on and raised in the U.S. Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. He served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF and currently lives in Givat Zeev with his wife and five children.

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