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From the PublisherElie Wiesel author of And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs, 1969- To those who wish to learn more about Jewishness, tradition, and modernity, let them read Ari Goldman's superb and stimulating new volume, Being Jewish.
Alan M. Dershowitz author of The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice That Led to the Ten Commandments and Modern Law Ari Goldman gives us a marvelous guide to being Jewish, emphasizing the joy rather than the "oy." Goldman speaks to the heart as well as the mind and provides an eclectic road map through the diversity of Jewish life.
Blu Greenberg author of How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household Goldman captures the inexplicable mystery of dos pintele yid, the spark of Jewishness, barely flickering in some, in full flame in others, yet inspiring in all. As I began this book, and then as I read all the way through to the last page in one sitting, I felt joy -- an exuberance at the richness and variety of Jewish observance that he paints with colorful anecdotes and loving strokes. You will read Being Jewish the night through, and return to it many times over for guidance.
Deborah E. Lipstadt author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory Ari Goldman's Being Jewish is an informative and eclectic exploration of Jewish practice from contemporary to ancient times. Goldman brings to this endeavor the gifted eye of the seasoned reporter, the analytical mind of the scholar, and the affection of a devoted Jew.
Stephen J. Dubner author of Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family For all its immutability, Judaism is also a moving target. Ari Goldman's book is therefore valuable on two fronts, for it plumbs the depths of the tradition while exploring modern Judaism with a great eye for the oft-quirky details. Make room on the shelf: Being Jewish is a keeper.