What Is a Jew

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With over 400,000 copies sold, What Is a Jew? is the classic guide that answers 100 of the most commonly asked questions about Jewish life and customs.

Completely revised and reorganized, this guide to the traditions, beliefs, and practices of Judaism—for both Jews and non-Jews—tackles a wide range of subjects in a question-and-answer format. Ideal for conversion students, interfaith couples, and congregants seeking answers to essential ...

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Overview

With over 400,000 copies sold, What Is a Jew? is the classic guide that answers 100 of the most commonly asked questions about Jewish life and customs.

Completely revised and reorganized, this guide to the traditions, beliefs, and practices of Judaism—for both Jews and non-Jews—tackles a wide range of subjects in a question-and-answer format. Ideal for conversion students, interfaith couples, and congregants seeking answers to essential day-to-day issues.

Completely revised and reorganized, this guide to the traditions, beliefs, and practices of Judaism--for both Jew and non-Jew--tackles a wide range of subjects in a question-and-answer format. Ideal for conversion students, interfaith couples, and congregants seeking answers to essential day-to-day issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684842981
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 581,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
The Saga of the Jew
I A Road Map of Jewish Community, Past and Present 1
II The Way to God: A Life of Torah 33
III Rituals and Customs: The Warmth of Tradition 63
IV Basic Jewish Beliefs: "God, Torah, Israel" 101
V Making Hard Decisions: A Guide to the Moral Landscape 129
VI The Shape of Sacred Space: Jewish Homes and Homeland 163
VII The Shape of Sacred Time: Festivals and Fasts 197
VIII Growing Up and Growing Old: The Shape of a Jewish Life 231
IX Judaism and Christianity: The Double Helix of Western History 267
Glossary 287
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    A Good Sourcebook

    This book is a well written and easy to understand.It is a good source for understanding what Judaism is without overwhelming the reader with a lot of information. However, I believe at points over-simplifies the topics presented and has a tendancy to present a lot of infomation without giving much detail.I would recommend this book as a good starting point for learning about Judaism but I do feel other books on the topic do just as well, if not a better job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    The definitive book on Judaism for non-Jews

    I've read several other books to learn more about Judaism but none of them come nearly as close as this! I found it to be the greatest resource book written at the most basic level or, Judaism 101. One or two charts/maps of Europe/Asia showing where the Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews were from would be great in the next edition. Regardless, it's great!

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