By Jonathan D Sarna
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 waya 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 doingdoing 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 holidaysfrom 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 introductionor reintroductionto 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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A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew by Jonathan D Sarna