Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003 - Religion - 136 pages
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What your rabbi probably has never told you, but could?if you?d only ask.Finalist, National Jewish Book Awards ?Every day I wonder if God is real, if the Torah is true. Every day I wonder why I?m a Jew. But that?s part of being Jewish. In the Torah, we?re called Yisrael?the ones who wrestle with God. Wrestling, asking, wondering, searching is just what God wants us to do! God loves good questions. Now tell me, what are your questions???from Chapter 1 In Judaism we?re allowed to ask questions. We are invited to ask them. But for young people, it often feels as if no one is willing to take tough questions about religion, ourselves, and the world seriously. Tough Questions Jews Ask turns that all around. With honesty, humor, and respect, Rabbi Edward Feinstein tackles topics as diverse as: ? Why does God let terrible things happen? ? What is God anyway? ? If I pray for something, will I get it? ? What?s the meaning of life? Is that a dumb question? ? Why does religion need so many rules? ? Why be Jewish?With insight and wisdom?and without pretending to have all the answers?Rabbi Feinstein encourages young people to make sense of the Jewish tradition by wrestling with what we don?t understand.
  

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Review: Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Person's Guide to Building a Jewish Life

User Review  - Eliezer Sneiderman - Goodreads

Thoughtful answers to questions posed by a B/B Mitzvah class. Not necessarily the answers I would have given, but, thoughtful nonetheless. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Thomas - Goodreads

Rabbi Feinstein handled the subjects with ease, and the language was age appropriate (young adult listing). Read full review

Contents

Who Believes in God Anymore?
7
Do I Have to Go to Services? What Good Is Praying?
13
Talking Snakes and Splitting Seas Is Any of That
23
Why Does God Let Terrible Things Happen?
31
What Is God Anyway?
41
Whats the Meaning of Life? Is That
51
No Cheeseburgers? No Going to the Mall
57
What Do You See When You Look at Me?
67
Why Do People Hate Jews?
85
If We Live Here Why Is Israel So Important?
91
Orthodox Conservative Reconstructionist Reform
97
What Happens to Us After We Die?
105
Whats the Messiah?
111
Why Is It So Important to Marry Someone Jewish?
123
Why Be Jewish?
129
Suggestions for Further Reading
135

Why Are There So Many Different Religions? Arent
73

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About the author (2003)

Rabbi Edward Feinstein has been answering kids' and adults' spiritual questions for more than twenty years as a congregational rabbi, day school educator, and seminary instructor. He has taught all over the United States and Canada, opening up the spiritual wisdom of the Jewish tradition.

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