Editors: Geoffrey Wigoder (Editor), Shmuel Himelstein (Editor), Fred Skolnik
The New Encyclopedia of Judaism is a comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia that presents accessibly every aspect of the Jewish religion and represents current thinking among scholars in the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements." Illustrated with hundreds of pictures of architecturally and historically significant synagogues, Torah ornaments, archeological finds, illustrated manuscripts, and examples of Jewish religious life in many lands, the text also includes biographical entries on biblical figures, rabbis, and others whose thoughts and actions influenced the development of the Jewish faith, insightful commentaries on particular prayers, descriptions of customs and folk traditions of Jewish outposts throughout the world, and other entries that bring the spirit of Jewish ritual to life.
Issues of particular contemporary interest are given special attention, as are women's roles, with a separate entry on the feminist movement and new biographical entries on figures ranging from Miriam and Deborah to Blu Greenberg and Susannah Heschel. While the scholarship is authoritative, the material is readily accessible to a popular audience. This encyclopedia is the ideal reference for every Jewish household and synagogue library. The New Encyclopedia of Judaism will fulfill the promise of the first edition and will serve as a standard one volume Jewish reference work for the new millennium.
Hardcover, 856 pp.
Pub. Date: September 2002