Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Jewish Kingdom of Kuzar, The Rise and Fall of the Legendary Country of Converts

 

About the Book:

Over one thousand years ago, did the population of an entire pagan country, nestled between the shores of the Black and Caspian Seas and secluded in the forests of the Crimea, really convert to Judaism? Or is it just the stuff of legend? This sweeping historical novel tells the story of the Kuzars, with startlingly authentic detail and high quality writing that absorbs the reader completely. The fascinating plot and colorful characters bring enlightenment and inspiration even as they captivate the imagination. This book was originally written in German by Rabbi Zelig Shachnowitz, the famed German-Jewish author and editor who used his pen to fight against the Haskalah movement of his times. A timeless treasure, it has now been translated from the Hebrew translation, making it accessible to all who yearn to plunge into its richness and unique tapestry.

About the Author

Born in Lithuania in 1874, Rabbi Zelig Schachnowitz set his goal in life to use his creative talents to disseminate Torah-true Judaism, for adults as well as children. He served as editor-in-chief of the journal Der Israelit. He is the author of Light from the West and Avraham Ben Avraham. When the Nazis came to power he emigrated to Switzerland where he passed away in 1952.

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