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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.
The Five Books of Moses
The Collected Writings
The Rise and Fall of the Hasmonean Dynasty and the Jewish State
From the Fall of the Second Temple until the Crusades
Dissent Disruption Dialogue
The Glory of Sefardic Jewry
Crisis and Learning
BOOK Two Torah Mitzvot and Jewish Thought
Introduction to Book 2
Prayer and the Prayer Book
The Jewish Calendar
Shabbat the Sabbath
Ashkenasic Jewry Rises to Eminence
Forces and Counterforces
Tikkun in Galut
Reason Enlightenment and the Jews
The Emergence of Denominations
The Agony of Russian Jewry
The Emergence of Zionism
The Religious Dynamics of American Jewry
War and Holocaust
Pilgrimage Festivals and Simhat Torah
Yamim Noraim The Days of Awe
Minor Feasts and Fasts
The Road of Life
Women and Religious Law
Through the Eyes of the Jewish Mystics
Ancient and Medieval Thought
German Jewish Thought
Postmodern Thought Since the Holocaust