In this fresh and lucid study, Ariel presents the fundamentals of Jewish thought on the profound issues of God, human destiny, good and evil, Torah, and messianism, guiding the reader toward a definition of the beliefs that shape Jewish identity. This lively exploration of Jewish ideas and beliefs provides a rationale and stimulus for anyone seeking to understand or reconnect to the rich and diverse spiritual tradition of Judaism.
About David Ariel
David S. Ariel is president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and author of The Mystic Quest: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
“A clear and valuable guide to the convictions and vision of Judaism. Anyone who seeks to know what Judaism is really all about will be in his debt.” —David Wolpe, Why Be Jewish?
“A remarkably rich and useful introduction to millennia of Jewish beliefs.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Brilliantly organizes the major ideas of Judaism. Anyone seeking orientation within the complex world of Jewish thought should begin with this book.” —Susannah Heschel, author of On Being a Jewish Feminist
“A thoughtful, informed, broad-minded overview of the most basic principles of the Jewish religion.” —Robert M. Seltzer, author of Jewish People, Jewish Thought
“Ariel’s lucid presentation is a perfect gift to someone rediscovering his or her Jewish roots or someone choosing to be a Jew.” —Hadassah Magazine