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The Woman Who Laughed at God

The Woman Who Laughed at God

The Untold History of the Jewish People

Jonathan Kirsch - Author

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ISBN 9780142196113 | 336 pages | 29 Oct 2002 | Penguin | 5.55 x 8.34in | 18 - AND UP
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Who is a Jew? In this colorful, eye-opening work, bestselling author and lecturer Jonathan Kirsch takes us on a three-thousand-year tour of Jewish identity and diversity and offers answers to this complex and difficult question. Kirsch reveals that Judaism has never been a religion of strict and narrow orthodoxy. For every accepted tradition in Jewish faith there are countertraditions rooted in biblical antiquity: the Maccabee freedom fighters who closed the Bible and picked up swords, dervish-like ecstatics who claimed to enjoy direct communication with God even after they had been excommunicated by a distrustful rabbinate, and courageous men and women who were the forgotten heroes of the Holocaust. With drama and narrative verve, Kirsch explores these and many other "Judaisms" that make up the rich tapestry of Jewish identity.

The Woman Who Laughed at God - Jonathan Kirsch

Acknowledgments
1. And Sarah Laughed
2. The People of the Book
3. A Goddess of Israel
4. The Fighting Jew
5. Twenty-four Judaisms
6. In the Ruined Citadel
7. Abominable Heresies
8. After Auschwitz
9. Measured in Blood
10. A Useful Past
Notes
Bibliography
Index

"A grand story, grandly told." —Chicago Tribune

"An entertaining tour of Jewish history." —The Washington Post

"Kirsch's well-written reexamination of Jewish history has contributed to Jewish survival." —Publishers Weekly


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