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Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and Practice

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Why is the Torah central to the Jewish faith? How did the Talmud originate? What do Jewish holidays celebrate? What goes on a synagogue worship service? How to kosher dietary laws work? Why is the land of Israel so important for Jews? These are just a few of the questions Rabbi Wayne Dosick answers in this masterly overview of Jewish faith and tradition, now available in a ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published November 1st 1995)
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Paul
I liked it. Clearly Rabbi Dosick is passionate about Judaism and is deeply faithful. Having read a number of other books about Judaism, mostly by Rabbi Kushner, this was a nice change in voice for me. I have a greater understandind of what it means to pray as a Jew because, as another reviewer has pointed out, Dosick spends a lot of time on prayer and connectedness with God. As a book for a person wanting to learn more about Judaism, I would say it is for a more serious minded person. This is no ...more
Emma
I'm sure I can't really give this a fair rating because I found much of it fairly dull, but only because I knew it already. It was worth reading for the bits I didn't know, though, and offers some really interesting perspectives.
Gretchen
This is a balanced, fairly objective, highly accessible introduction to Judaism. Dosick has a gift for explanation to the uninitiated. It covers a lot of ground in 376 pages. The book is used by some classes for people considering converting. Judaism is a law-oriented and intellectual religion rooted in deep history. Its sense of humanity and its stewardship of the environment are reflected in many of its laws. I was surprised to find the book rather somber, and couldn’t sort out why I reacted t ...more
Shannon  Duran
very informative book, i am in the process of converting to judasim and this was the first book i was given to read by my rabbi. some parts were very interesting and others were very dry. However if you don't know any thing about judasim this is a great book to read. It left me with lots of questions for my rabbi which was the point. I would definetly recommend this book, but its a scholarly work not really for casual reading. there were so funny antidoes and interesting jewish legends along the ...more
Marit
This book was a good primer on the basic tenets of Judaism, history, practices, peoples, etc. but it felt very plain to me. Dosick delved into several subjects, acknowledging his very personal take on issues such as the Holocaust, prayer, the afterlife, and more. Though well-meaning and heartfelt, his intense, prayerful rhetoric turned me off at certain points. But this is an easy read and does cover the basics well.
Samira
I read chunks of this book slowly, in a group. Some of Dosick's insights are really interesting and I liked his approach to aspects of the law, even if I disagree with some of his underlying logic. That said, he can be very morally superior about other religions (usually, when he says "other religions" he means Christianity) in ways that highly over simplify Christian belief, practice, and diversity.
Kitsuniku
An enjoyable and informative book on Judaism. Dosick writes about the traditions and how they came about and developed over the years. This is one of those books that a person may find themselves referencing over the years for information. Definitely one that I may end up rereading at some point in the future.
Raine Mclellan
Apr 18, 2012 Raine Mclellan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am using this book as textbook for conversion classes. It is very informative, and basic just as it should be. I love the way that it meticulously presents subjects from the various viewpoints, and allows the room for the reader to form his or her own opinions. Good read.
Michelle
Very informative--answered a lot of questions I had and things I had wondered about. And very gentle tone--the author seemed to be not trying to enrage any segment of the Jewish population, just trying to describe beliefs and different approaches taken.
Candace Archuleta
after living with the product of an orthodox jewish synagogue for a few years, i think this is a fairly informative read about jewish culture. not all-encompassing, obviously, but informative nonetheless.
Sarah Jane Thomas
This will stay on the list for a while. Must find own copy and quit renewing and re-borrowing from the library.
Jennifer Wilck
Very interesting. Lots of answers to questions I've had. Well-written.
Alex Faxlanger
Feb 22, 2010 Alex Faxlanger is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Next on Dan's mom's reading list for me.
Heidi
Sep 07, 2008 Heidi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Broadening my spiritual spectrum.
Jocelyn
This was a helpful resource on Judaism.
Erin
Text for my Intro to Judaism class.
Tamara
This is a fascinating, eye opening book! I recommend it to everyone!
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