Quotations are landmarks that bespeak the cultural, political and intellectual status of a people. Culled from a wide range of sources, this monumental work contains the expressions of Jews and the statements of non-Jews on matters relating to Judaism. While the entries cover the entire span of Jewish history, special attention has been paid to statements made within the latter half of the twentieth century. In Great Jewish Quotations the reader may expect to find: * an assortment of quotations from the Bible and Talmud that are relevant to modern living; * expressions of understanding and appreciation for the Jewish contribution to civilization by a host of literary notables; * analyses of the important legal issues of the day by outstanding jurists and attorneys; * speculation on the nature of God and the values of religion by clerics and scholars; * statements by women in the forefront of the struggle for equal rights; * a diversity of views on how to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict; * statements relating to the importance of the Zionist ideal and the Land of Israel; * opinions and attitudes of performing artists and sports figures; * anti-Semitic prejudices of prominent personalities; * witticisms, aphorisms, folksayings, proverbs, and poems from biblical to modern times. Great Jewish Quotations is arranged alphabetically by the individual being quoted. Each entry is explicitly annotated, indicating the source and the date of the quotation and, where appropriate, the context in which it was spoken or written. This feature, together with the detailed index, should serve as a practical source for writers, public speakers, speechwriters, and students of all stripes searching for an apt illustration to drive home a specific point or emphasize a theme.
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