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What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism
     

What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism

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by Robert Schoen
 

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ISBN-10: 082941777X

ISBN-13: 9780829417777

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Loyola Press

What is the significance of bar and bat mitzvahs? Is Hanukkah really the "Jewish Christmas"? What can you expect if you are invited to a Passover seder? Is a rabbi simply a Jewish priest? Author Robert Schoen addresses these questions and many more in this inviting introduction to Judaism and Jewish life. This concise and entertaining overview explains

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What is the significance of bar and bat mitzvahs? Is Hanukkah really the "Jewish Christmas"? What can you expect if you are invited to a Passover seder? Is a rabbi simply a Jewish priest? Author Robert Schoen addresses these questions and many more in this inviting introduction to Judaism and Jewish life. This concise and entertaining overview explains the differences and highlights the similarities between Judaism and Christianity. What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism covers everything from Jewish ceremonies, holidays, and festivals to religious texts, symbols, and kosher food. It is perfect for the millions of Christians who are curious about the faith of their friends, coworkers, and family members, or for those Jews who want a better understanding of their heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829417777
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
703,227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Purpose of This Book

A Range of Jewish Lifestyles, Beliefs, and Behavior

Christians and Jews
Going to Church: The Jewish Roots of Christian Worship
Jews, Jesus, and Christianity

The Jewish Religion
From Orthodox . . .
To Reform . . .
To Conservative . . .
To Reconstructionist
Contemporary Synagogues and Congregations
A Personal Observation

Inside the Synagogue
The Torah and the Law
Prayers and Blessings
SymbolsóThe Mezuzah and the Star of David
The Role of the Rabbi
The Role of the Cantor
Jewish Education
Confirmation
Congregation Membership and Paying the Bills
The Temple
Jewish Priests
Time for Confession
Whoís in Charge?

Holidays and Festivals
Holidays and the Jewish Calendar
ShabbatóThe Sabbath
The High HolidaysóRosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Sukkot
Simchat Torah
HanukkahóIs It Really the ìJewish Christmasî?
Purim
Passover
ShavuotóThe Harvest Festival
Other Religious Events

Jewish Life Cycle Events
A Jewish Wedding
Letís Go to a Circumcision!
Baby Namings and Rituals for Daughters
Adoption
An Invitation to a Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah
A Jewish FuneralóSaying Good-bye to Uncle Harry
You Can Only Get a Divorce If Youíre Married

Home Life, Jewish Beliefs, and Other Interesting Matters
Is a Kosher Hot Dog Really Kosher?
Jewish Food
Degrees of Orthodoxy
Conversion to Judaism
Intermarriage
Religious Apparel and Dress
Hasidim and Hasidism
Creation, Heaven, Hell, and Life after Death
Where, When, and How Many
Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews
Women and Judaism

Judaism in the World
Israel
Jewish Art and Music
Mysticism and the Repair of the World
MoneyóStereotypes, Charity, and the Scriptures
Perform a Mitzvah
Controversial Social Issues
Old Wars and New Wars
The Chosen People
Anti-Semitism
The Holocaust

A Call for Understanding and Community

Glossary and Pronunciation Guide

Recommended Reading

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What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am Jewish and the majority of my friends (well, all of them) are either Catholic or Christian. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it incredibly helpful and informative. I, in fact, learned things about my religion that I didn't know! This book is great because it well written and speaks simply about the Jewish practices and the reasons behind them. I have already passed it onto my mother, my friends and her friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those not familiar with Judaism will find the book very helpful in understanding Jewish holidays and other aspects of Jewish life. In fact, many Jews may also find this book a good reference tool. The book answered all the questions I have always had in an easy-to-read style. Since the chapters are short and cover separate subjects, you can read portions of the book and put it down for a day or so. The glossary is also handy for quick look-ups of those Yiddish or Hebrew expressions you hear which may seem familiar but whose meaning might escape you at the moment. I plan to get some copies to use as Christmas stocking stuffers for Christian friends.