JEWISH LITERACY TELUSHKIN PDF

You'll find the answers to these questions -- and much more -- in this insightful and comprehensive guide. Written by esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy has become one of the most respected and widely used reference books on Jewish life, culture, religion, and tradition. Now revised and updated, this fascinating volume distills a vast body of scholarship into short, readable chapters, making the rich and complex history of Judaism accessible to any reader. History and Contemporary Life From the biblical and Talmudic periods through the Spanish Inquisition to modern times, with special sections on the Holocaust, Israel, and American-Jewish life. Beliefs, Ethics, and Rituals From monotheism to Judaism's views on the afterlife, "chosenness," and human relations with God; ethical concerns ranging from the proper treatment of animals to the real meaning of "an eye for an eye"; along with explanations of the major prayers and synagogue practices.

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In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense. Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life.

Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi Telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference.

A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? His book Jewish Literacy is the widest-selling work on the topic of Judaism. What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question?

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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. There's very little I can add to the many excellent reviews of Rabbi Telushkin's wonderful compendium of Jewish knowledge. Written for Jews who don't know much about their own religion, or well-intentioned, inquisitive Gentiles, the book is an encyclopedia of facts and ideas about the Jewish people; the history of Israel; the Torah, Talmud, and other salient texts; and quite a bit more.

From such basics as the Ten Commandments to such contemporary phenomena as the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Telushkin explains clearly, concisely, and thoughtfully the various subjects, with what might be called "sympathetic objectivity.

I recently bought my fifth copy of this book: I have a problem keeping it, because I keep giving it away to the special people in my life. And I'm a Christian! I recently gave a copy to a friend who is half-Jewish.

Then I bought a copy for my Kindle, so I won't be tempted to give it away! Very highly recommended. I highly recommend this book for anyone seriously thinking of converting to Judaism or for anyone who wants to know more about the faith and the people I bought two copies, one for me and one for a Christian friend who wanted to learn more but in a less complicated manner. The "chapters" are short but concise and you can easily read a chapter while brushing your teeth. It is also separated into sections for history, holidays, and lifecycle as well as many great Jewish thinkers and influential events.

Rabbi Telushkin is Orthodox so keep that in mind when you read it as it comes from and orthodox perspective. It's SO well-written, and shows such deep knowledge of a wide range of subjects.

This was really well thought-out, and well written. I will read it every couple of years. This is an excellent overview of Judaism It gives a broad overview, including several aspects of Judaism, but is not so detailed that it taxes the casual reader. In fact, Teluskin did such a good job on this book that I ordered another of his books concerning archaeology in the Holy Lands.

Just brilliant. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin takes the reader on an adventure through Ancient Judaic and modern Jewish history like no other author I have ever read. I will start here by saying I am an avid scholar of all things pertaining to different religions.

I have read a great many books about Judaism and never has one painted the entire picture so perfectly as Rabbi Telushkin. Parts of history that have been forgotten or rewritten are revisited and explained in a way that leaves the reader questioning many of the descriptions of historical events we've been led to believe happened on way, but actually happened another.

Rabbi Telushkin manages to tell the tales that are often quite emotional with a beautiful sense of humor that would have me crying in one moment and laughing in the next moment. I feel privelaged to have been able to pick this book up and it will stay close to me for a very long time. Go to Amazon. Back to top.

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In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense. Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life. Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi Telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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