Idiot's Guides: Judaism, 1st Edition

  • Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein
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  • ISBN-10: 161564783X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615647835
  • DDC: 296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 384 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This guide is written by a rabbi/teacher for both non-Jewish readers who want to learn about Judaism, as well as any Jewish reader who wishes to learn more. Offering a thorough exploration, this book covers: the five books of Moses; Jewish law; history; important Jewish scholars; information on Jewish life, the home and family unit; and what to expect at synagogue. It also includes information about celebrating the Jewish Holy Days and what the holidays entail.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Three Defining Moments.
1: The Call to Abraham: God in Judaism.
2: Making the Covenant at Sinai: Torah and Mitzvot.
3: The Temple Is Destroyed.
Understanding the Basics.
4: A Brief History of the Jewish People.
5: People of the Book(s).
6: One People, Many Views.
7: Ethics and Values in Jewish Life.
8: The Hard Road Home: Zionism and Israel.
A Year of Jewish Holy Days.
9: The Jewish Calendar—It's Luni-Solar!.
10: Days of Awe: The High Holy Days.
11: It's a Pilgrimage!.
12: They Tried to Harm Us, They Failed, Let's Eat!.
13: More Days of Our Jewish Lives.
Jewish Life Events.
14: It's a Boy! It's a Girl!.
15: Breaking the Glass: Jewish Weddings.
16: Choosing to Become Chosen: Conversion to Judaism.
17: When a Jew Dies.
18: The Next Frontier: After Death.
A Jewish Home.
19: Unique Treasures in a Jewish Home.
20: Jewish Food for Jewish Thought.
21: The Jewish Bedroom.
22: The Child's Space.
The Jewish Community.
23: Communal Jewish Space: Synagogues.
24: Sing Unto God! Jewish Prayer.
25: Symbols, Clothes, and a Sacred Space.
Comparisons and Questions.
26: Judaism and Christianity: Where We Differ.
27: Twenty Questions.
Appendix A Glossary.
Appendix B Sages and Sources.
Appendix C For Further Reading.
About the Author.