On Being A Jew / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Judaica News
Ideal for students, parents, and rabbis, and those who wish to resolve what it means to be a Jew.
Jewish Star
This book is more than a highly readable presentation of 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.
Moment
A compelling introduction to being a religious Jew.
Jewish Action
An honest, provocative and important work.
Jewish Libraries Newsletter
For today's generation, this book is a necessary acquisition.
Economist
No apologist, and no fan of what he terms the 'halfway affair'of American Judaism, [Kugel] demonstrates the deepest continuities of Jewish history.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801859434
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,404,098
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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