In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, . Jewish Literacy has ratings and 88 reviews. Simcha said: Rabbi Telushkin’s Jewish Literacy is intended to serve as a general introduction to Judais. Read Jewish Literacy Revised Ed by Joseph Telushkin by Joseph Telushkin by Joseph Telushkin for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad.

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A good survey, not profound, but interesting.

If Apple Books doesn’t open, click the Books app in your Dock. I am irreligious so I prefer an objective POV for these so I appreciate the usefulness of an encyclopedia of Judaism, but I can’t get over the inflammatory statements such as, ‘Muslims like to build temples on the destroyed temples of other religions’ or categorizing all antizionist jews as self-hating, jeish categorizing all antizionist gentiles as antisemitic.

It was very informative and helped me navigate my way through the Jewish community pretty well.

My favorite section of this book is that which is devoted to the noteworthy Jews of history, included Golda Meir and many others. Goes through the Bible, religious texts, historical periods, and then contemporary practice and custom the last bit I skimmed through. I remembered that it gets cursory over different things at various points, less about the inserting Zionism stuff, but admittedly Good review, Cooper!

Telushkin’s writing is accessible and the book itself is formatted to be used as a reference, so this is a good book to keep on hand to refer back to as the occassion arises. I found it an invaluable resource in my journey through conversion to Judaism, and found the references within it even more helpful. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Get to Know Us. Preview — Jewish Literacy by Joseph Telushkin. The achievement, if an incomplete one, is certainly a worthwhile one, and if you want a book on the subject this is certainly a fine one.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Quotes from Jewish Literacy: You’ll find plenty of it within these pages — each chapter literaacy with a bibliography on the subject. He believed that God was within nature, not a separate Being with an independent will. Jan 07, Adam rated it really liked it. Opening the iTunes Store. I read this book from cover to cover in less than two weeks, it was that interesting.

May 02, Shelley Neese rated it it was amazing. I appreciate the usefulness of an encyclopedia of Judaism, but I can’t get over the inflammatory statements such as, ‘Muslims like to build temples on literaacy destroyed temples of other religions’ or categorizing all antizionist jews as self-hating, and categorizing all antizionist gentiles as antisemitic.

During the wait, a young woman in the congregation became agitated. The second volume, entitled, A Code of Jewish Ethics: His style is engaging as well as informative.

As part of his position, Telushkin visited the Soviet Union where he met with dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov. English Choose a language for shopping.

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Telushkin has written or collaborated on other books about Judaism, and I would recommend those as reference and resource books as well. Tleushkin, we are Judeo Chrisit This is such an enjoyable and educational book! Basic religious terms, ethics, historical events, religious texts, Jewish personalities, and more are covered in telushkon lively, popular style. William Morrow; 1 edition April 26, Language: Because gossip, like murder, can do irrevocable damage see Chapter Very strong introduction to the religion, best on 20th-century topics.


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This is not his fault, but it sometimes allows him whether consciously or not to gloss over facts that reflect negatively on his biases. Even an ambitious reader like myself read this book in chunks over the period of a couple of weeks, and I cannot imagine this book being read much faster than this without becoming the stuff of nightmares.

Langman Snippet view – It picks out events, people, ideas, and places that you should know about to have some sort of literacy when thinking about Judaism and by extension, good parts of Christianity, Islam, a Really interesting for the first pages. Because he is trying to cover everything from the material of the Torah, to relious observances, to Israeli independence, to WWII, all topics helushkin covered lightly.

Nov 20, John Weiler rated it liked it.

Organized by subject, the book’s fifteen sections include: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. One thing that bothered me was that Telushkin treated the gosepls like fiction when it suited him. Each entry is anywhere from a few paragraphs to a few pages, usually brief and well written.

It is a tremendous work, and clearly a long labor of love by Joseph Telushkin. Oct 16, Laura Hurn rated it it was amazing. A very good one volume reference encyclopedia.