From the Ten Commandments to Chicken Soup: A Celebration of Judaism and All Things Jewish
This indispensable and entertaining resource will encourage every reader - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and non-Jewish - to look upon Judaism with new insight and appreciation.Answers the questions: Why do Jews obey strict dietary laws? Why are rabbis special leaders? Why should Jews respect the Sabbath? Why is the Jewish way of prayer a civilizing force? Why is education so important to Jews?In this engaging book, Michael Shapiro, author of the bestselling The Jewish 100, encourages all Jews to bask in the light of their people's historic contributions to religion, science, politics, and the arts. The diverse topics discussed here cover every facet of Jewish life - including festivals and High Holy Days, the Song of Songs, klezmer music, world-famous Jewish comedians like Woody Allen and the Marx Brothers, the Talmud, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Kabbalah, Yiddish, and of course, chicken soup - often affectionately referred to as "Jewish penicillin." Each offers a unique reason to feel special pride in Jewish achievements and customs.
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