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What Do Jews Believe?: The Customs and Culture of Modern Judaism

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A valuable resource for anyone seeking a basic understanding of what being Jewish is all about.

Judaism is full of different opinions. In fact, no single definition of Judaism is acceptable to all Jews. And Judaism is not simply a series of beliefs; it is a practice and a way of life. Judaism, therefore, consists of a religion, and a culture, and a people.

What Do Jews Belie
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Walker Books (first published August 7th 2006)
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Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.
Having always been surrounded by countless personal and professional contacts who are Jewish, I felt compelled to read this slim volume to try and gain a better understanding of this ancient faith. This book is very well written and was a great primer to the faith. However, in order to fully absorb the content, I need to reread this text. This is due to my own shortcomings, rather than that of the book. I am so limited in what I know about the faith that it would take me quite a while to gain an ...more
This is an excellent little book with lots of good information, told with a blend of facts and stories. It gets you started in a balanced, informative way.
Kevin de Ataíde
This is a relatively small book which I hope has served to introduce me to Judaism and pave the way to greater understanding of this ancient and venerable religion and tradition. Surprisingly, Judaism has several strands of interpretation and degrees of devotion, not unlike Christianity. There is no central body of authoritative teachings as the Catholic magisterium of bishops, aside from the Torah, of course. In that sense, it seems to me to resemble the dissolution of the Christian Church foll ...more
This is another airport buy. Honestly I bought it because I couldn't believe that the title actually existed. If the title doesn't offend you there is some alright information in the book. Some. It's not a spectacular book, and there are much better ones out there.
Jason Pike
A good start on a complex topic.
Short, informative, good for a student
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