An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange

By Nicholas de Lange

In his e-book, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a brief perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this publication for those who have very little time to take a position on voluminous texts. the various illustrations he used to demystify historic strategies like Zionism and Diaspora are of significant worth; even if that any one who's acquainted with his previous works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish global and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this is often one publication that may enlighten a person who has curiosity in Jewish heritage and demography. it's a well-researched piece. superbly summarized! one other compelling chronicle.

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Recently some of the new communities, such as those in southern Africa, have experienced an exodus too. Natives or immigrants?  To take a few examples to illustrate all this movement, between  and  the Jewish population of Canada, Mexico and Sweden doubled, that of Australia and Brazil trebled, while in other countries such as Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela the Jews went from a barely significant to a much more noticeable presence. On the other hand, during the same period important European communities such as Austria, the Baltic republics, Bulgaria, Byelorussia (Belarus), Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine were reduced to a miserable shadow of their former selves, and the ancient Jewries of Aden, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, India, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen virtually disappeared.

Immigration continued at a rate of some , a year until , when it was severely restricted, and since the war there has been much less immigration and substantial emigration, The Jews throughout the world  either from one country to another within the region or to the USA and Israel. There are now reckoned to be some , Jews in Latin America as a whole, the largest concentrations being in Argentina (,), Brazil (,) and Mexico (,). The different groups of Jewish immigrants have developed their own institutions.

In contrast to most diaspora communities, the image of the rabbinate in Israel tends to be a negative one, particularly among secular Jews. This is not merely a matter of anticlerical prejudice. The state rabbis rarely involve themselves in pastoral care or religious instruction, as their diaspora counterparts do, and so are not treated with the respect and affection accorded to some religious figures who are outside the state system. The authority of the chief rabbis is not recognised by the more extreme Orthodox groups or by the non-Orthodox movements.

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