Judaism: A Way of Being by David Hillel Gelernter

Judaism: A Way of Being

byDavid Hillel Gelernter

Paperback | April 15, 2011

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$26.00

Earn 130 plum® points
HURRY, ONLY 1 LEFT!

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Written for observant and non-observant Jews and anyone interested in religion, this remarkable book by the distinguished scholar David Gelernter seeks to answer the deceptively simple question: What is Judaism really about? Gelernter views Judaism as one of humanity’s most profound and sublimely beautiful achievements. But because Judaism is a way of life rather than a formal system of thought, it has been difficult for anyone but a practicing Jew to understand its unique intellectual and spiritual structure. Gelernter explores compelling questions, such as:

  • How does Judaism’s obsession with life on earth versus the world-to-come separate it fundamentally from Christianity and Islam?
  • Why do Jews believe in God, and how can they after the Holocaust?
  • What makes Classical Judaism the most important intellectual development in Western history?
  • Why does Judaism teach that, in the course of the Jewish people’s coming-of-age, God moved out of history and into the human mind, abandoning all power but the capacity to talk to each person from inside and thereby to influence events only indirectly?

In discussing these and other questions, Gelernter seeks to lay out Jewish beliefs on four basic topics—the sanctity of everyday life; man and God; the meaning of sexuality and family; good, evil, and the nature of God’s justice in a cruel world—and to convey a profound and stirring sense of what it means to be Jewish.

About The Author

David Gelernter is professor of computer science at Yale University and contributing editor at the Weekly Standard. He is the author of several books, including Mirror Worlds, The Muse and the Machine, and the novel 1939. His writings on Judaism have appeared in Commentary and elsewhere. He lives in Woodbridge, CT.

Details & Specs

Title:Judaism: A Way of BeingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300168152

ISBN - 13:9780300168150

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Judaism: A Way of Being

Reviews