An ancient people and an ancient faith are given inspiring presentation in a book that should be valuable for anyone, Jew or non-Jew, who recognize the Jewish heritage as basic to modern civilization. This is helpful also as a clear presentation of the differences among the Orthodox, the Conservative and the Reform Jews. Jewish holidays are described against their historic derivation and the holiness of the Sabbath in the Jewish faith is inspiringly told. Here are included many of the daily prayers and petitions of devout Jews, with explanations and interpretations. Many of the wise sayings and proverbs that have come down through the centuries are given their significance. The Jews are often referred to in literature as ""The People of the Book"" -- and the reason for this too comes through these pages. An excellent bibliography lends added value to thin text for anyone wishing to explore further the Jew and his heritage.