Judaism: All That Matters

For a group of people so limited in number, the Jewish community has had a huge impact on both global events and local politics. In this vibrant new look at Judaism, sociologist and cultural critic Keith Kahn-Harris provides a remarkably sharp insight into this history, and particularly the diverse Jewish communities (and diverse ideas of Jewishness) that exist today.

From back cover:

Can Judaism keep bouncing back?

Judaism: All That Matters is a fascinating new look at Judaism, in which sociologist and cultural critic Keith Kahn-Harris provides a remarkably sharp insight into this history of the Jewish people, and what it means to be Jewish today.

Kahn-Harris shows how and why the relatively small Jewish population has had such a huge impact on international events, local politics, economic development and global culture. He also looks at the fragmentary nature of Judaism today, and asks whether Judaism can continue to punch above its weight in the twenty-first century – and even if it should want to.

This accessible and concise book will appeal to both students and general readers, providing a fascinating introduction to Judaism – and what matters most about it.

Book cover of Judaism: All That Matters

Formats available: Paperback, E-Book

First Published: August 31, 2012

Publisher: John Murray (Originally: Hodder Education)

Reviews for Judaism: All That Matters

This is a hugely enjoyable and often wise tour of the Jewish people and Judaism, in a very few pages, with some excellent observations. You can learn a lot, laugh a lot, and think a lot as a result of reading this book.

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

This is a use­ful book for quick answers to ques­tions and for those seek­ing an intro­duc­tion to Judaism.

His understanding of the contemporary Jewish work is often spot on, and he communicates this understanding in a clear and engaging way.

Judaism: All that Matters really does cover everything.

The first impression is visually attractive and the layout of chapters, spiced with photographs and summary paragraphs, inviting to the reader. It has lighter elements and is well written, informative and thought-provoking and the excellent reading list whets the appetite for more in-depth study.

Kahn-Harris has produced a stimulating read that covers the very breadth of Judaism, no mean feat in such a compact work; he shies away from nothing, controversies, divisions and conflicts. There are so many introductions to Judaism, but for those who want an up-to-date, honest and informative volume then this is as good a place to start as anywhere.

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