By Jonathan Kirsch
Who's a Jew? during this colourful, eye-opening paintings, bestselling writer and lecturer Jonathan Kirsch takes us on a three-thousand-year journey of Jewish id and variety and provides solutions to this complicated and hard query. Kirsch finds that Judaism hasn't ever been a faith of strict and slim orthodoxy. for each authorised culture in Jewish religion there are countertraditions rooted in biblical antiquity: the Maccabee freedom opponents who closed the Bible and collected swords, dervish-like ecstatics who claimed to take pleasure in direct communique with God even when they have been excommunicated by way of a distrustful rabbinate, and brave women and men who have been the forgotten heroes of the Holocaust. With drama and narrative verve, Kirsch explores those and plenty of different "Judaisms" that make up the wealthy tapestry of Jewish id.