A Christian's Guide to Judaism

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Paulist Press, 2004 - Religion - 157 pages
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Do you have questions about Judaism? Do you wonder why Jews don't accept Jesus as Messiah? Why Jews are so attached to the State of Israel? Why has there been so much hatred of Jews over the centuries? What you should bring (or more importantly, what not to bring) to the Passover Seder to which you've been invited? How to relate to Jews who are close friends or even new family members of yours? If you do, then this is the book for you. Written in a friendly, informal style, "A Christian's Guide to Judaism is an introduction to Jewish religion, history, culture, and holidays written especially for the curious non-Jew. Its goal is to not only answer the questions that you may have about Judaism but also to make you feel more at home when you are invited to Jewish celebrations such as weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs. This much-needed book provides Christians with a broad overview of the Jewish people and their religion, presents thorough explanations of Jewish laws and traditions, and explains in detail the many similarities-and key differences-between the Christian and Jewish faiths.
 

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Initially I hesitated to read this book as I thought it would be Christians trying to convert Jews. Do not let title mislead, this was not so, and I found the book informative, exciting and a great read. I could not put it down, and now have a much clearer understanding of Judaism.

Contents

Much More Than the Religion
14
Its More About What Is the Messiah Than
30
Antisemitism
45
Jewish Practice in Lots of Nutshells
65
Your Guide to Attending Jewish Events
98
Appendix
125
Bibliography
150
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Rabbi Lotker is a second career rabbi, having been ordained at age 55. He is currently Rabbi of Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo, Ca.

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