The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism

The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism

Book - 1986
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Baker & Taylor
Provides an informative guide to some fundamental questions about the role of Judaism, discussing practical aspects of the faith, and argues for the restoration of Judaism to the center of one's life

Simon and Schuster
The classic and essential guide for the educated, skeptical, and searching Jew, or for the non-Jew who wants to understand the meaning of Judaism.

If you have ever wondered what being born Jewish should mean to you; if you want to find out more about the nature of Judaism, or explain it to a friend; if you are thinking about how Judaism can connect with the rest of your life—this is the first book you should own. It poses, and thoughtfully addresses, questions like these:

· Can one doubt God’s existence and still be a good Jew?

· Why do we need organized religion?

· Why shouldn’t I intermarry?

· What is the reason for dietary laws?

· How do I start practicing Judaism?

Concisely and engagingly, authors Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin present Judaism as the rational, moral alternative for contemporary man or woman.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon and Schuster, 1986
Edition: First Touchstone edition
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780671622619
Branch Call Number: 296.74 PRAGE
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Telushkin, Joseph 1948-
Notes: Includes index
"A Touchstone book."
Previously published as: Eight questions people ask about Judaism. 1975


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Aug 15, 2010

The first chapter/question is a must read for many people. However, the rest of the book is not as intelligently laid out as promised. In addition, I found myself quickly skipping pages or even entire sections due to deep philosophical disagreements: setting aside the obvious slant of orthodox Judaism and right-wing politics (which I can appreciate even if I disagree), I could not bear to read about the moral superiority of Judaism. Is this not the stuff of wars? Can be likened to Arianism? Perhaps I am too liberal with my belief that no group can call oneself superior, but I do believe the authors require a lesson in humility. I would be ashamed to present this book as representative of my views.


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