A History of the Jewish Experience

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Behrman House, Inc, 2001 - Religion - 561 pages
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Rabbi Trepp provides the most complete and comprehensive educational guide to complete with historical facts and reference sources in A History of the Jewish Experience. An excellent source of factual documented historical sources and accompanying Rabbinic thought on Judaism.
With the books introduction and overview of The Covenant. The book is divided into two parts. Book One - Torah and History, Book Two - Torah, Mitzvot, and Jewish Thought. Rabbi Trepp provides factual descriptions and insightful views about the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in the book of Genesis, the Prophets and the Literary prophets called minor prophets.
Important and helpful are the ancient maps of the Route of Exodus, Divided Kingdom, Babylonian Empire, and Maccabean Palestine corresponding to the events and dates that sequence the timelines.
Required reading is the historical accounts relating the biblical periods when the First and Second Temples stood offered by Rabbi Trepp is invaluable. His research on The Jews on the Land is important to the study of Judaism from pagan Rome to the Christian empire. The Impact of Hellensim, Holocaust, Zionism, feminist Jewish thought, America and up through the the 21st century.
Included are the traditional observances, customs and their origins. Rabbi Trepp concludes with a postmodern thought since the holocaust and the road to peace.
Among a few of the many noted luminaries, Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (1873), Isaac Leeser (1806) he translated the Bible and prayer book into English, Chaim Weizman first president of Israel, American Ralph Bunche, a nobel prize recipient who mediated truce agreements and concluded with Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Eliezer Ben-Yehudah established national language, Emma Lazarus poet "An epistle to the Hebrew" (1883) she wrote the poem on the base of the Statute of Liberty. Isreal's declaration of independence in May 14, 1948.
Rabbi Trepp's book is a timeless treasure.
 

Contents

The Five Books of Moses
3
The Prophets
23
The Collected Writings
47
The Rise and Fall of the Hasmonean Dynasty and the Jewish State
67
From the Fall of the Second Temple until the Crusades
89
Dissent Disruption Dialogue
99
The Glory of Sefardic Jewry
113
Crisis and Learning
125
BOOK Two Torah Mitzvot and Jewish Thought
303
Introduction to Book 2
305
Synagogue
307
Torah
317
Oral Torah
327
Prayer and the Prayer Book
347
The Jewish Calendar
369
Shabbat the Sabbath
373

Ashkenasic Jewry Rises to Eminence
135
Forces and Counterforces
145
Tikkun in Galut
161
Reason Enlightenment and the Jews
169
The Emergence of Denominations
181
The Agony of Russian Jewry
195
The Emergence of Zionism
203
Enter America
215
The Religious Dynamics of American Jewry
237
Insecure Citizenship
261
War and Holocaust
273
Israel Reborn
285
Pilgrimage Festivals and Simhat Torah
385
Yamim Noraim The Days of Awe
403
Minor Feasts and Fasts
417
The Road of Life
429
Women and Religious Law
453
Through the Eyes of the Jewish Mystics
463
Ancient and Medieval Thought
485
German Jewish Thought
497
Postmodern Thought Since the Holocaust
517
Bibliography
543
Index
551
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About the author (2001)

Trepp is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Napa College in California.

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