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Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-Year History of the Jewish People and Their Faith

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A book by Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert'sLetters to Auntie Foriis a proud, 140-part epistolary history of the Jews as well as a parsing of the basic tenets of the faith and the meaning and form of its holy days and ritual observances. Beginning with the first chapter of Genesis, … see full wiki

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Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Schocken
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An Amazing Read

  • Nov 11, 2009
A Jewish friend loaned me this book, and I promptly fell in love with it. It's compiled from letters that Martin Gilbert sent to an elderly Indian citizen who'd just learned she was born Jewish in Hungary. I wanted to catch up on Bible history and culture, but I ended up learning so much more.

The letters are short, fascinating, easily readable, and together create a wonderful tapestry of Jewish history and culture, and indeed world history too. Starting with Genesis and creation, Gilbert traces the people of the Bible through fascinating retellings of familiar tales with a wealth of invaluable and fascinating context. As the Jewish people move out beyond their homeland, the letters follow, tracing paths through world history that shed light on life past and present. Jewish culture, and Jewish ties to their homeland, come vividly to life. Historical trials, spiritual study, scientific research, and the response of a people set apart to the changing world around them are all beautifully told, and all in bite-sized, letter-sized, easily digested and truly satisfying pieces.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to see their faith, whatever faith, through opened eyes, and to anyone curious and willing to learn, as I was, about Jewish interpretation of the Bible I love so well.

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