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Every Person's Guide to Judaism

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Straightforward introduction to Judaism, and its customs, ceremonies, and theology for daily living. Chapters include the Sabbath, festivals, life-cycle events, aspects of faith, the Jewish home, and more.
Paperback, 195 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Urj Press
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The title is misleading: this book is addressed not to "every person", but to potential converts. It strikes a tone of enthusiasm that I found a little overbearing at some moments; but at the same time, the authors' engagement and celebratory attitude towards Jewish community is appealing. Although such a short book can only give sketchy coverage to any one topic, they try to indicate the practices and beliefs of all the various branches of modern Judaism where they differ, very even-handedly. T ...more
This book seems best for people who wish to be (specifically) enthusiastic about Judaism. Not to say that one should not be enthusiastic, but this ain't a common denominator guide.

Somewhat strong coverage of festivals starts us off along the path to joy ("joy" and its variations appear in almost every paragraph throughout the book). Though Einstein provided enough info to diminish my ignorance, i wanted more about the origins and evolution of the holy days. Mr. E is focused almost exclusively on
Michael Bradham
Recently moved to area in NY where many practice Judaism. This book provided overview of history, holidays, and hardships of Jewish religion and practitioners of Judaism. Smiled when reading about quiet introspection and values of family, community.
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