By Nicholas de Lange
In his booklet, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a short perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this ebook for those who have very little time to speculate on voluminous texts. the varied illustrations he used to demystify historical options like Zionism and Diaspora are of significant worth; even supposing that anyone who's conversant in his past works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish international and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this is often one publication that may enlighten a person who has curiosity in Jewish background and demography. it's a well-researched piece. superbly summarized! one other compelling chronicle.
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Like Britain, and unlike the USA, there is a single representative body, the Canadian Jewish Congress (founded ), which concerns itself with the welfare of the community and provides a unified voice for Canadian Jewry. A distinctive feature of Canadian Jewry is the strong emphasis on Jewish education. All communities of any size have at least one Jewish day school, and these schools are very successful in attracting pupils. Israel Israel is unique in the Jewish world, not only because the large majority of its population is Jewish, but because it defines itself as a ‘Jewish State’.
Finally, Agudas Israel World Organisations, founded in , is a traditional Orthodox body having as its aim ‘the solution – in the spirit of the Torah – of problems which periodically confront the Jewish people in Eretz Yisroel [the Land of Israel] and the Diaspora’. Of the other international organisations the most powerful is the World Zionist Organisation, set up by the First Zionist Congress in . The moving spirit in the events leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel in , it continues to work for the strengthening of Israel, encouraging aliyah, and promoting a distinctive (not necessarily religious) Jewish culture.
The provisional government abolished all legal restrictions on Jews, and Zionist, socialist and religious parties attracted a mass following. The triumph of Bolshevism led, however, to the abolition of existing autonomous Jewish institutions, and Jewish religion, in common with all religions, came under attack. The Jews were treated as a nation, and when internal passports were introduced in children of Jewish parents were classified as being of Jewish nationality. Unlike other nations, however, the Jews have no territory of their own in Russia, apart from Birobidzhan, an ‘Autonomous Jewish Oblast’ established in the far east in the s, which even at its height in the middle of the s never achieved more than % Jews in its population.
An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange