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Paperback Judaism for Dummies Book

ISBN: 0764552996

ISBN13: 9780764552991

Judaism for Dummies

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Judaism isn't a race or even a particular culture or ethnic group. There are about 13 or 14 million Jews spread around the world, including about 6 million in the United States and about 5 million in Israel - so Judaism clearly isn't "a nation." So what does it mean to be Jewish? Here are the basics: Being Jewish (being "a Jew ") means you're a Member of the Tribe (an M-O-T). The tribe started with a couple named Abraham and Sarah about 4,000 years...

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A wonderful introduction

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotavDont know what this means? Read this wonderful introduction and find out. This wonderful book gives the reader many fascinating introductions to Judaism, from basic prayers and blessings to a valiant history to the many ways in which Judaism has influenced the world. From the ancient rituals to the structure of the Torah and the nature of the High Holidays. From Abraham in the desert to Judah the Maccabbee and Bar Kochba and their wars against the idol worshipers of Greece and Rome. You will not be disappointed if you are interested in Judaism or interested in what Jews believe and who Jews are and how Jews relate to Israel.Probably the only flaw with this book is that its called 'for Dummies' and no one who wants to learn about Judaism can be called Dummy in any sense of the word. Seth J. Frantzman

An Excellent Guide for Goys

Very detailed and fun guide to Judaism. A wonderful book particularly for the non-Jew, Goyim, and possibly as a basic teaching guide for Jews who are less studious with their faith. Captures everything from who Jews are to their origins and discusses different types of worship from conservative to orthdox to the Hasidism. The book not only covers the basic beliefs but also a modest history along with chapters on the specific holidays with straight forward explanations. Even includes a glossary of frequently used Jewish words, frequently asked questions, reference information and detail on the types of cultural food with recipes. Strong points are not only the description of the beliefs but the break down of the meanings of the holidays with guides on how to act, what to expect and what to bring. This book provides a very pleasant and positive look at the faith, capturing the celebration of life along with soulful reflection. The only criticism, which is mild, is that I wish the book had a broader glossary for quick reference utilizng more terms with small bios of the critical people involved.

Great place to start

This was the first book I ever read about Judaism, and it was a great place to start. Judaism for Dummies gives you an overview on Judaism in a lighthearted way that prepares you for later "heavier" reading on Judaism if you're interested. The book covers everything from the holidays and food, to history and various sects of Judaism. The authors manage to do this without your really being able to distinguish whether they're Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or something other. As someone who is exploring and thinking about attending a synagogue service, the book settles your mind and lets you know what the service will be like, what will take place, what is appropriate for you to participate in and what isn't. Finally, the end of the book is filled with a glossary to help with your growing vocabulary of Jewish terms and other references. Very helpful and not overwhelming for those just beginning to learn about Judaism.

I'd Put More Thumbs Up, But I Only Have 2

This book is a great book for ANYONE even slightly interested in Judaism--and it's very easy to understand...even for 16-year-olds like me. I agree that this book respectfully potrays all movements of Judaism. The authors display a love of tradition, but understand the importance of common sense, and seek to maintain that balance. As a former Christian (considering Judaism as an option), I also appreciate their respect for Christianity... But anyway...I like how they don't assume you're a complete idiot, but they make sure you understand the important things before you head of to a service, where you might embarass yourself...Well my point (and I do have one) to all of this is that Judaism for Dummies is worth every penny I spent.(duh.) :)
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