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Teach Yourself Judaism

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ISBN-10: 0658015958

ISBN-13: 9780658015953

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: C. M. Pilkington

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This addition to the Teach Yourself World Faiths series serves as a concise introduction to Judaism as a living religion. Teach Yourself Judaism, New Edition, explains the origins of Judaism and explores the religion's diverse traditions. This revised edition also examines the impact of the Holocaust and the state of Israel on Jewish self-understanding.
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List price: $12.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.10" wide x 7.80" long x 0.76" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Approaching Judaismp. 1
Judaism as a religionp. 1
The roots of belief and practice - the Biblep. 15
A people's history and its significancep. 15
The structure of the Jewish Biblep. 16
The content of the Torahp. 19
The content of the Neviimp. 23
The content of the Ketuvimp. 27
Interpreting the Biblep. 28
Transmitting and translating the Biblep. 30
The chain of tradition - the Talmudp. 33
The written and the oral Torahp. 33
The varieties of Second Temple Judaismp. 35
Living as a holy people without the Templep. 37
Discussing the Mishnah - the Talmudp. 41
Legal traditions (halakhah) and narrative traditions (aggadah)p. 47
Orthodox Judaismp. 52
Orthodoxy and beliefp. 52
Continuity and discontinuityp. 54
Orthodox Judaism and the Biblep. 57
Ultra-Orthodoxyp. 59
Orthodox affiliation todayp. 61
Non-Orthodox Judaismp. 64
Reform Judaism and points of departurep. 64
Determining the role of women in Judaismp. 70
Conservative Judaismp. 78
Liberal Judaismp. 80
Food Lawsp. 82
The source and purpose of the food lawsp. 82
Deciding what is kosherp. 84
Levels of observancep. 88
Life and death mattersp. 93
Expressions of beliefp. 93
The importance of having childrenp. 94
The sanctity of human lifep. 97
Grief and hopep. 100
Jewish educationp. 105
In the homep. 105
In the synagoguep. 108
In schoolp. 111
In higher education (academy, seminary, and college)p. 112
Marriagep. 116
Sex and marriage in Judaismp. 116
A Jewish weddingp. 119
Marriages between Jews and non-Jewsp. 122
The religious court (Bet Din) and laws of statusp. 126
A Jewish divorcep. 129
Prayerp. 133
The place of prayerp. 133
Communal prayers - ancient and modernp. 138
Physical remindersp. 144
The Synagoguep. 148
Terms and functionsp. 148
Reading the Torahp. 150
Language and musicp. 155
Religious leadershipp. 157
The Sabbathp. 161
A sense of time outp. 161
Resting from workp. 165
Observing Shabbat in home and synagoguep. 171
The rhythm of the year - festivals and fastsp. 176
A sense of timep. 176
The lunar calendarp. 180
The new moonp. 182
The festivals of Hanukah and Purimp. 184
Other festivalsp. 188
Fastsp. 190
The pilgrim festivalsp. 192
Passover - the festival of unleavened breadp. 192
Freedom - then and nowp. 193
Counting the daysp. 198
Freedom to obey - Shavuotp. 200
Where true security lies - Sukkotp. 201
The four plantsp. 202
The obligation to rejoicep. 203
The New Year and the Day of Atonementp. 207
The importance of The High Holy Daysp. 207
Creating the atmospherep. 208
Returningp. 211
Fastingp. 213
Atonementp. 215
The Holocaustp. 219
Questioning and rememberingp. 219
A radical answerp. 226
A traditional responsep. 227
Survival and beyondp. 231
Israelp. 235
A focal point for Jewsp. 235
Zionism and beyondp. 236
Identity in a Jewish Statep. 247
Peace with justice and securityp. 253
Afterwordp. 262
Further Readingp. 267
Glossaryp. 268
Indexp. 275
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