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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and very incisive, 8 Sep 2004
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M. SWEENEY-BIRD "Cuss" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radical Then, Radical Now: On Being Jewish: The Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion (Continuum Compacts) (Paperback)
A wonderful read that looks at the different crises which have occurred over four thousand years, to threaten the very existence of the Jewish People.
Originally written for his son and step-daughter as a wedding gift, Rabbi Jonathon Sacks tells 'the legacy of the world's oldest religion' with such passion and wisdom youll find it impossible to put down. Asking specifically 'why be Jewish', 'who am i' and 'why should i remain a Jew', then looking for the answers magnificently though historical discussion.
What makes this book for me, is the obvious great understanding and teaching, in how we can move forward not only as Jewish people, but human society as a whole - I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient..., 29 Sep 2006
This review is from: Radical Then, Radical Now: On Being Jewish: The Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion (Continuum Compacts) (Paperback)
This book portrays Judaism as a fully validated relationship of Love. Whilst the tone is one of objectivity the reader can't avoid delving into his/her own spirituality journeys.

The book is full of enchanted corners and everytime you bump into one its like having light being cast in your heart. Because its beautifully written and because its based a very moving and real story with no foreseable end.

As someone who is not Jewish but wanted to get to grips with Judaism I could not recomend a better start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Passionate & Moving, 2 Mar 2012
This review is from: Radical Then, Radical Now: On Being Jewish: The Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion (Continuum Compacts) (Paperback)
I am inclined to agree with the reviewer on amazon.com who describes this book as Rabbi Sacks' Magnum Opus. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read and every individual I have ever reccomended it to has shared these feelings. It is not only beautifully written, it is so magically crafted that it stirs the full range of human emotion. It is difficult to put down and mildly heartbreaking when it comes to an end. It is a must read for anyone wishing to achieve ownership in the journey of their Jewish identity and it will be attractive to those wishing to understand the Jewish people in a deeper sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity and Humanity, 25 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Radical Then, Radical Now: On Being Jewish: The Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion (Continuum Compacts) (Paperback)
Masterly writing. Clear and unambiguous presenting of concepts that once read, make one think "but I somehow 'knew' this all along, without realising it". This is a book that needs to be read once, then a second time making notes of the concepts for a third reading and studying. The statement that G-d created Man, not as a Jew, but Mankind in its full totality, clarifies misconceptions of any race being superior to any other.
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