[Book Review] The Foundation of Judaism by Akiva Aaronson

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By Akiva Aaronson

Let’s start with the back cover description of this book: “The fundamentals of Judaism in one book! The Foundation of Judaism deals with the basics of Judaism ― Jewish thought, Jewish history, Jewish year and more, in one succinct yet comprehensive book. Written in a clear and readable style, with a wealth of maps and charts, it has been widely acclaimed as an essential teaching aid and a vital asset in every Jewish home and school.”

My first thought was, that’s a lot of information to pack into a single volume! This book must be twice the length of Seltzer’s Jewish People, Jewish Thought (which is well over 700 pages). So I was even more intrigued when I received a very neat, compact volume of about two hundred pages.

This book more than lived up to its description. If you’ve been looking for an easy to understand reference to all things Judaism, here it is. Complete with maps of key journeys in the biblical narrative, timelines approximating the dates and associated authors of the books of the Writings and the Prophets, timelines of key events in Jewish history. Even the basics of reading Hebrew.

This is a book that is perfect for any Jewish library, from Hebrew school students to those studying for conversion to a Rabbinic library. I highly recommend this book and look forward to continuing to use it as a quick reference guide during my own studies.

I’d like to thank publicist Stuart Schnee for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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