This book offers information to everyone who is thinking about the position of Jews in today's world and in history.
From the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem to 500 CE, the world’s Jewish population declined from 4.5 million to 1.1 million; where it stayed for over a thousand years. Then mysteriously, starting in the eighteenth century, world Jewish population increased at more than five times the global growth rate.
Throughout most of the Common Era there were two groups of Jews in the world: those who were visible and counted within the community, and those who “traveled under the radar” and were not counted until the latter part of the 18th century when they suddenly reappeared and took their place as the new Jewish artists, musicians and authors. The book is about where they were, why they suddenly reappeared, and what lessons can be learned from their hidden identity and their reappearance.The author also examines contemporary Jews' own varying views of Jewishness and discusses what it means to be a Jew today.
Because its content is in opposition to some commonly held beliefs, the book provides a good basis for discussion and debate. Much of the information contained in the book is presented from a fresh perspective which opens up formerly unarticulated and perhaps even forbidden concepts to modern exploration.
In its final chapters the book makes a strong case for a major change in the Jewish community.
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Bernard Beck, a retired small-business entrepreneur,
spent fifteen years as a marketing consultant and taught marketing,
advertising, and sales management for ten years as an adjunct professor in the
MBA program at the Newark and New Brunswick, NJ campuses of Rutgers University.
During that time, he was also a teacher and principal in a synagogue Hebrew