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By Jonathan D Sarna

ISBN-10: 0465002463

ISBN-13: 9780465002467

At the flip of the twenty-first century, the significant query confronting Jewish leaders in the US is straightforward:

Why be Jewish?

Jonathan D. Sarna, acclaimed student of yank Judaism, believes that “Why be Jewish?” is the inaccurate query. Judaism, he believes, isn't really quite a bit a “why” as a way—a lifestyle, a manner of marking time, a fashion of in relation to the surroundings, to humans, to relations, and to God. Judaism is skilled via doing—doing issues Jewish, doing issues for fellow Jews in desire, doing issues as a Jew to enhance the country of the realm. The extra Judaism one does, the extra one involves get pleasure from what Judaism is.

Using the Jewish calendar as his place to begin, Sarna displays at the significant subject matters of Jewish existence as expressed in a whole yr of holidays—from Passover within the spring to Purim 11 months later. Passover, for example, yields a dialogue of freedom; Shavuot, a dialogue of Torah; Yom Kippur, the position of the person in the Jewish group; Chanukah, problems with assimilation and anti-assimilation.

An crucial short introduction—or reintroduction—to the main practices of Jewish lifestyles in addition to the numerous complexities of the yank Jewish event, this ebook might be crucial interpreting for American Jews and the right present for the vacation season.

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