Judaism for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764552996

ISBN-13: 9780764552991

Edition: 2001

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Judaism isn't a race or even a particular culture or ethnic group. There are about 13 or 14 million Jews spread around the world, including about 6 million in the United States and about 5 million in Israel - so Judaism clearly isn't "a nation." So what does it mean to be Jewish? Here are the basics: Being Jewish (being "a Jew") means you're a Member of the Tribe (an M-O-T). The tribe started with a couple named Abraham and Sarah about 4,000 years ago, it grew over time, and it's still here today. You can become part of the Jewish tribe in two ways: By being born to a Jewish mother or joining through a series of rituals (called converting). Judaism is a set of beliefs, practices, and ethics based on the Torah. You can practice Judaism and not be Jewish, and you can be a Jew and not practice Judaism. Whether you're interested in the religion or the spirituality, the culture or the ethnic traditions, Judaism For Dummies explores the full spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the mystical, meditative, and spiritual depth of the faith and the practice. In this warm and welcoming book, you'll find coverage of Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations Judaism as a daily practice The food and fabric of Judaism Jewish wedding ceremonies Celebrations and holy days 4,000 years of pain, sadness, triumph, and joy Great Jewish thinkers and historical celebrities Jews have long spread out to the corners of the world, so there are significant Jewish communities on many continents. Judaism For Dummies offers a glimpse into the rituals, ideas, and terms that are woven into the history and everyday lives of Jewish people as near as our own neighborhoods and as far-reaching as across the world.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD and Imam Jamal Rahman --now known as the Interfaith Amigos--started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh , brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News and NPR.Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith , probes more deeply into the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD , founder of meditative synagogues in Los Angeles and Seattle, is author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author of Judaism For Dummies .

What Jews Generally Believe
That's Funny, You Don't Look Jewish: Who's a Jew and Why
One Singular Sensation: Judaism and God
Torah, Torah, Torah: The Unfolding of a Tradition
Setting Intentions: Judaism as a Daily Practice
Jewish Mysticism
From Womb to Tomb: The Life Cycle
In the Beginning: Birth and Bris
Coming of Age: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Get Me to the Chuppah On Time: Weddings
Stepping Through the Valley: The Shadow of Death
An Overview of Jewish History
Let My People Go: From Abraham to Exodus
The Kings of Israel: The First Temple
Sects and Violence: The Second Temple
From One Exile to Another: The First Millennium
The Greatest Horror, The Greatest Triumph
Jewish Buddhists and Other Paradoxes of the New Age
The Question of Antisemitism
Celebrations and Holy Days
Shabbat: Paradise Regained
In with the New: Rosh Hashanah
Getting Serious: Yom Kippur
The Great Outdoors: Sukkot
Guilt or Gelt: Chanukkah
Planting a Tree on Tu B'Shvat
The Jewish Halloween: Purim
From Groan to Glee: Passover
Spring Is Busting Out All Over: Shavuot
Tisha B'Av: A Day of Mourning
The Part of Tens
Ten Great Jewish Thinkers
Answers to Ten Common Questions about Judaism
Ten Folks You Should Know
Oy Vey! and Other Words You Should Know
A Sampler of Jewish Prayers and Blessings
Calendar of Jewish Holidays
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