On Being a Jew

On Being a Jew

by James L. Kugel
     
 

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Composed as a meandering dialogue between a wily Syrian-Jewish banker and an American graduate student of literature, this engaging book explains all the basic beliefs and practices of Judaism — Jewish teachings on intermarriage and conversion, keeping the Sabbath, prayer and Torah, midrash and mitzvot, and God's presence in the world. Although the book has

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Composed as a meandering dialogue between a wily Syrian-Jewish banker and an American graduate student of literature, this engaging book explains all the basic beliefs and practices of Judaism — Jewish teachings on intermarriage and conversion, keeping the Sabbath, prayer and Torah, midrash and mitzvot, and God's presence in the world. Although the book has plenty of the "how to" of religious practice, Being a Jew is in the end an eloquent reflection on Judaism's deepest theme: living life as a way of serving God.

"I hope that readers will not only savor Jim Kugel's engaging conversation about Judaism, but will participate in it." — Adin Steinsaltz

Editorial Reviews

Jewish Star
This book is more than a highly readable presentationof the basics of Judaism. It is a provocative and persuasive argument that the true meaning of being a Jew has been obscured for many Jews today as well as a stirring reflection on some of the deepest themes in Jewish practice and belief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060649081
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
176

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Irving Greenberg
A book for seekers....In this fascinating odysey, a young American Jew goes from the brink of intermarriage to a decision to live a traditional, observant Jewish life. On Being a Jew deserves to be read, to be learned from, to be argued with, to be lived.

Meet the Author

James Kugel is the Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University and Professor of Bible at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is the author of Poetry and Prophecy, Early Biblical Interpretation and The Idea of Biblical Poetry, the last available from Johns Hopkins. His The Bible as It Was, an introduction to the Torah's ancient interpreters, was published in 1997.

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