Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs & Rituals

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Religion - 672 pages
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What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish?

A landmark reference, here is an indispensable one-volume guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism -- everything you need to know about being Jewish. In Essential Judaism, George Robinson has created the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish roots as an adult. Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage, and lays out many fascinating aspects of Judaism -- the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more -- while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today's world.
 

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User Review  - dirac - LibraryThing

A decent overview of Judaism. I enjoyed the parts of the book that related to current rites and rituals and the why behind them. The book was less interesting (and this is to me only) when it came to ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookAddict - LibraryThing

This book covers all the major topics....prayer, worship, festivals, customs, history, language, philosophy, ideology, Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, and the evolution of Hasidism. There is a lot of information in here. Read full review

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George Robinson is the author of the critically acclaimed Essential Judaism, as well as Essential Torah: A Complete Guide to the Five Books of Moses (2006). The recipient of a Simon Rockower Award for excellence in Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association, Robinson is a senior writer for The Jewish Week, the largest Jewish newspaper in North America. He is a contributor to the new edition of Encyclopedia Judaica and has written frequently for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and Hadassah Magazine.

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