By Nicholas de Lange
In his publication, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a brief perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this ebook for those who have very little time to take a position on voluminous texts. the varied illustrations he used to demystify historical thoughts like Zionism and Diaspora are of significant worth; even though that any one who's conversant in his previous works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish global and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this can be one publication that might enlighten somebody 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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On the other hand, during the same period important European communities such as Austria, the Baltic republics, Bulgaria, Byelorussia (Belarus), Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine were reduced to a miserable shadow of their former selves, and the ancient Jewries of Aden, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, India, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen virtually disappeared. The main countries of immigration, notably the United States and Israel, have welcomed large numbers of Jewish immigrants from many different countries.
Their six million Jews represent the powerhouse and centre of gravity of the whole Jewish world (with Israel providing something of a counterweight). They wield an influence out of proportion to their numbers, both within the Jewish world and beyond. Numerically not much more than % of the population, the Jews are self-conscious and self-confident, have well-endowed and well-organised institutions, and contain among their number some influential individuals. They thus have a disproportionate impact politically, religiously, culturally, and in terms of welfare aid and social issues both on their own countries and on the wider Jewish world.
Naturally all this immigration has given rise to massive social problems, but what is particularly interesting for the observer is the way that in the midst of a ‘melting pot’ groups successfully strive to retain something of the flavour of the places from which they came, including distinctive religious traditions. All recognised religious institutions in Israel fall under the authority of the Ministry for Religious Affairs. The Jewish religious establishment consists of chief rabbis, state rabbis, religious councils and rabbinic courts.
An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange