Jews Without Judaism: Conversations with an Unconventional Rabbi / Edition 1

Jews Without Judaism: Conversations with an Unconventional Rabbi / Edition 1

by Daniel Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573929247

ISBN-13: 9781573929240

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Prometheus Books

"It may fairly be said that religion plays virtually no part in the lives of most American Jews." So begins Daniel Friedman's provocative discussion of American Judaism. Friedman, a rabbi for almost forty years, has counseled thousands of Jews on the meaning of being Jewish. From this wealth of experience he has created this fascinating series of fictional

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"It may fairly be said that religion plays virtually no part in the lives of most American Jews." So begins Daniel Friedman's provocative discussion of American Judaism. Friedman, a rabbi for almost forty years, has counseled thousands of Jews on the meaning of being Jewish. From this wealth of experience he has created this fascinating series of fictional conversations, each of them a distillation of many actual conversations.

Should Jews marry outside the faith, and if so, what are the likely consequences? How should Jews cope with anti-Semitism, or evaluate their tense historical relationship with Christianity? Can one be Jewish without being religious; without belief in God; indeed, without Judaism? Are all values relative if one does not believe in God?

In contemporary society these timely questions are of great importance to both practicing and nonpracticing Jews. Each of the fictional conversations thoroughly explores these issues with sensitivity and offers much valuable advice culled from Rabbi Friedman's many years of thinking about what it means to be Jewish in a secular age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573929240
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: About the Conversations9
Introduction11
The Judaism That Is No More15
Conversation 1Intermarriage21
Conversation 2Jews without Judaism31
Conversation 3Who Created Whom?49
Conversation 4Spirituality59
Conversation 5Anti-Anti-Semitism69
Conversation 6The Naysayers77
Conversation 7A Kids' Roundtable85
Conversation 8A Rabbis' Roundtable95
Summary: Seven Suggestions for the Twenty-First Century105
Five Postreligious Spiritual Truths107

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