The landmark Encyclopaedia Judaica, lauded as the quintessential reference tool on Judaism since first appearing in the early 1970s, has been meticulously revised and expanded for this highly anticipated new edition. The encyclopedia features over 21,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion, written by Israeli, American and European specialists in the field. 2,600 brand new articles help vastly expand the scope and accuracy of this educational set, with many focusing on gender issues and the New World geographic areas of the United States, Canada and Latin America. Some 11,000 entries across all subjects were updated, increasing the encyclopedia's relevance. The Holocaust segment alone includes over 50 entirely new articles. Scholars, general readers and students alike will find this 22-volume set indispensable. Extensive cross-referencing and large subject index are just two of the many features making this huge set easy to navigate. Quick references are also facilitated through place-name lists, a chronology, a Hasidism chart, lists of newspapers and periodicals. More than 600 maps, charts, tables, photographs, illustrations, entry-specific bibliographies and other tools efficiently illustrate key textual elements, and make this scholarly work accessible. An 8-page full color insert comes with every volume and provides rich and thematic illustrations of the many aspects of Jewish life and culture, as well as a record of the physical development of the State of Israel.