The Book of Jewish Knowledge


The perfect gift for Rosh Hashana

“With well-chosen primary sources, beautiful illustrations, and memorable infographics…provides readers with a beautiful one-volume guide to Jewish history, teachings, and practices.” —Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University

A comprehensive 496-page coffee table-style book exploring the
teachings, observances and history of Judaism.

What is Judaism? What does it mean to be Jewish? What is Judaism’s message to the world?

The Book of Jewish Knowledge offers 1200 answers in 1200 voices, presenting the history of Judaism through the variety of media that capture the Jewish experience: a biblical story, a traditional Jewish practice, a painting by a Jewish artist, a midrashic parable, a Talmudic discourse , a historical document, a poignant photograph, a recipe for gefilte fish, a prayer from the Psalms, a biblical aphorism, a halachic responsum (Jewish law), a kabbalistic diagram, a philosophical essay, a 12th century travelogue. Collectively, these present the reader with an encyclopedic overview of Jewish history, an in-depth examination of four millennia of Jewish wisdom, and an intimate tour of Jewish traditions and observances. This groundbreaking volume examines the full scope of Jewish teaching and Jewish life, while doing justice to the depth and beauty of Judaism. Whether this is your first book on Judaism or you approach it with a lifetime of learning and commitment, you are sure to gain a new appreciation for the breadth and magnitude of knowledge. and Jewish experience.

The Book of Jewish Knowledge consists of five sections: Jewish History, Jewish Teaching, Jewish Practice, The Jewish Year, and Life Cycle Milestones

These sections are further divided into 160 subsections and topics (e.g., “The Early Jews”, “The Exodus”, “Business Ethics”, “The Synagogue”, “Shabbat”, “The Passover Seder” , “Education”, “Marriage”, etc.)

Contains a short biographical description of each of the 225 personalities and works cited in the book. There are works by over 100 artists and photographers and 78 color charts, tables and maps.

The book can be ordered here.

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI)

Serving learning centers in more than 2,000 communities and on the Internet, JLI is the world’s leading provider of adult education. JLI’s mission is to make Jewish learning accessible and personally meaningful to every Jew, regardless of background or affiliation. JLI’s insightful programs use cutting-edge pedagogical techniques, embracing the multiple intelligence model and using multimedia and an array of approaches to engage, educate and inspire all kinds of minds in a dynamic Jewish learning experience. Classes are translated into nine languages, offer continuing education credits for multiple professions, and are taught by JLI-trained and certified instructors.

The Book of Jewish Knowledge, Editor.: The Rohr Institute of Jewish Learning, Publication date: September 30, 2022 496 pages, Reg. Ed., $79 ISBN: 978-1-63668-011-8 Gift Case Ed. $99 ISBN: 978-1-63668-012-5 Chief Editor: Rabbi Yanki Tauber, Creative Director / Designer: Baruch Gorkin


The Book of Jewish Knowledge is a stellar achievement. It provides an ambitious, almost dizzying array of subjects representing Jewish knowledge and civilization in the broadest sense. His choices are judicious and his presentations are balanced. Most importantly, its combination of scholarly and traditional discussions and sources provides an invaluable treasure trove of Judaism to everyone, regardless of background and affiliation.

Rabbi Professor Jeffrey R. Woolf


Featuring well-chosen primary sources, beautiful illustrations, and memorable infographics, JLI’s Book of Jewish Knowledge offers readers a beautiful one-volume guide to Jewish history, teachings, and practices.

Jonathan D. Sarna



A beautifully written and illustrated presentation of Judaism, its traditions, history and way of life.

Lawrence H. Schiffman


The Book of Jewish Knowledge attempts the impossible, and does it remarkably well! While no volume can fully capture or convey the wisdom of the eternal history of the Jewish people, this book is a wonderful way to enter that history, with insight, pride, and heartfelt love of Gd, Torah and the Jewish people.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield




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