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In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, . Jewish Literacy has ratings and 88 reviews. Simcha said: Rabbi Telushkin’s Jewish Literacy is intended to serve as a general introduction to Judais. Read Jewish Literacy Revised Ed by Joseph Telushkin by Joseph Telushkin by Joseph Telushkin for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad.

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A somewhat sizable section includes the author’s thoughts about matters relating to Zionism and Israel VI and another grim set of reading concerns the author’s reflections on telishkin aspects of the Holocaust VII. It touches on almost anything one could think to ask about.

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed

It is a tremendous work, and clearly a long labor of love by Joseph Telushkin. How much do you know about Judaism?

You’ll find the answers to these questions Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: And I’m a Christian! Which country first granted Jews equal rights?

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You’ll find the answers to these questions — and much more — in this insightful and comprehensive guide. I also would have liked to see a bibliography at the end of the book rather than at the end of each entry. I found it an invaluable resource in my journey through conversion to Judaism, and found the references within it even more helpful.

I remembered that it gets cursory over different things at various points, less about the inserting Zionism stuff, but admittedly Good review, Cooper! This is by no means a small book, and I must admit I have some quibbles about it–especially where the author engages in Talmudic studies–but if you want to understand Judaism from a contemporary Conservative Jew, this is certainly a worthwhile reference source although at pages is not the sort of book that most people will want to plow through in one go.

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It also explains why Arabs may still feel some bitterness over the affair despite an official condemnation of the soldier’s actions. Jul 21, Susan rated it it was amazing. Very strong introduction to the religion, best on 20th-century topics.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Still, I think it’s on the reader to tease out this kind of information and make decisions about its larger implications on his or her own. Great overview of Judaism. The chapters are very readable, with anecdotes through-out. Great book to learn vocabulary through story telling and historical context. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

A good overview of Jewish ideas, history, and theological principles written by a member of the Jewish community. Joseph Telushkin born is an American rabbi, lecturer, and best selling author.

And that is likely to be the case with many readers, as this book reveals a great deal of the division that exists over authority and interpretations and beliefs and practices that is within the Jewish community.

Telushkin clearly has a love for this work and it comes through in his writing. Jun 10, Mellanie C rated it it was amazing.


The episodic format means some emotional punches are pulled, however. Nonetheless, the book is full of important summaries that seem really useful for a non-Jew trying to understand the Jewish people. It should be noted that there are a lot of parallels between this book and the author’s work on biblical literacy, although in both cases the author’s view of biblical interpretation involves the Talmud rather than merely the midrashic interpretation that non-Jewish readers would tlushkin more amenable to.

The “chapters” are teoushkin but concise and you can easily read a chapter while brushing your teeth. There is a basic thread that runs yelushkin the different Jewish sects. I look forward to reading more about Israel, and everything else Telushkin covered.

See and discover other items: HarperCollinsApr 26, – Religion – pages. This book serves almost as an anthology to all things Jewish, which is great for non-Jews to learn “why they do that? Book ratings by Goodreads.

Traditionalist Rabbi Telushkin The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism presents brief explanations of the most important concepts and topics concerning Judaism, Jews, and their history and culture. Written by a rabbi telyshkin Jews hoping to understand more about their own cultural, historical, and religious background, but accessible to anyone, and I found jewisn a fascinating read for a layman with a mostly Christian-inflected upbringing.

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