Every Person's Guide to Judaism

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URJ Books and Music, 1989 - Religion - 195 pages
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Every Person's Guide to Judaism is an outstanding introduction to basic Jewish beliefs and practices. Authors Stephen J. Einstein and Lydia Kukoff describe a wide range of customs and rituals within the Jewish tradition, demonstrating the inherent connection between Jewish theology and daily living. "Mordecai M. Kaplan has aptly described Judaism as an evolving religious civilization", the authors state in their introduction. "While Judaism is a religion, it is much nore than that. Judaism encompasses religion, history, language, culture.... Being Jewish is not only being part of a faith community, it is being part of a people". Every Person's Guide to Judaism focuses on holidays, life-cycle events, aspects of faith, and contemporary Jewish life. The authors describe the cycle of the Jewish year, including the Sabbath, high holy days, major and minor festivals, ss well as new holidays such as Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'atsmaut (the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence). Another important section in this book contains chapters on entering the covenant through birth or conversion, establishing a Jewish home, and the mystery of death and rituals of mourning. Einstein and Kukoff also examine the Jewish understanding of God, as well as the place of prayer in Judaism. They explain the Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements and explore the importance of community in Jewish life.
  

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

High Holy Days
20
Yom Kippur
28
Major Festivals
36
Pesach
48
Shavuot
55
Minor Festivals
59
Purim
65
New Festivals
71
Creating a Home
99
Establishing a Jewish Home
106
Transition
116
ASPECTS OF FAITH
125
Prayer and Liturgy
133
Midrash
141
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE
149
Jewish Community
157

Yom Haatsmaut
78
THE CYCLE OF LIFE
85
Conversion
93
Afterward
163
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About the author (1989)

Einstein is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek, Fountain Valley, California.

Kukoff is a freelance writer and author.

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