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  • Published: 29 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9780142196113
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.99

The Woman Who Laughed at God

The Untold History of the Jewish People



Who is a Jew? In this colorful, eye-opening work, bestselling author and lecturer Jonathan Kirsch takes us on a three-thousand-year tour of Jewish identity and diversity and offers answers to this complex and difficult question. Kirsch reveals that Judaism has never been a religion of strict and narrow orthodoxy. For every accepted tradition in Jewish faith there are countertraditions rooted in biblical antiquity: the Maccabee freedom fighters who closed the Bible and picked up swords, dervish-like ecstatics who claimed to enjoy direct communication with God even after they had been excommunicated by a distrustful rabbinate, and courageous men and women who were the forgotten heroes of the Holocaust. With drama and narrative verve, Kirsch explores these and many other "Judaisms" that make up the rich tapestry of Jewish identity.

  • Published: 29 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9780142196113
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch is a publishing lawyer and a critic specializing in Bible studies (and other aspects of religion and spirituality) who has contributed book reviews to the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. Kirsch writes and lectures on literary, biblical and legal topics, and is the author of two novels, Bad Moon Rising and Lovers In A Winter Circle.

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