The classic introduction to Judaism for Jews and non-Jews alike
Recognised throughout the world as the best single work for those who want to understand Judaism, Herman Wouk’s This Is My God remains unique in the field. A major bestseller when first published, it has been translated into many languages and is now thoroughly revised and brought up to date.
In engaging, straightforward language the author explains Jewish belief and worship, the meanings of festivals and holy days, attitudes towards diet, marriage, maturation and death, and the history and heritage of the Jewish people. He discusses the importance of the Torah and Talmud, the differences between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism, and the relationship of Jews to Israel and elsewhere. For this updated edition the author has written an essay exploring the problems of religion in Israel today.
This Is My God is an enthralling and illuminating book, readable and full of deep insights. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what it means to be Jewish.
Herman Wouk is one of the most widely-read authors in the world. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages. His novel The Caine Mutiny was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2008 he received the first Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award for the Writing of Fiction. He was thrice nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, for his novels The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar and War and Remembrance. He has also written for film, television and stage plays, including adapting his best-selling novel The Caine Mutiny into a full length Broadway play.
“This is My God accomplishes its mission superbly. On its popular level nothing comparable exists. In Wouk, liberal neo-orthodoxy has found an eloquent spokesman.”
“Written with dignity and proud devotion. The style is clear, vivid and passionate, carrying with almost journalistic ease a considerable burden of learning.”
‘Christian Science Monitor’