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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From such basics as the Ten Commandments to such contemporary phenomena as the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Telushkin explains clearly, concisely, and thoughtfully the various subjects, with what might be called “sympathetic objectivity. I’m glad you found it a useful resource despite these shortcomings though! Jul 21, Susan rated it it was amazing. Arranged in short articles, the information is easy to digest regardless of background and makes for rapid reading despite its page length.

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Written with wit, wisdom and a bit of humor. This book certainly is written to assume that the audi Rabbi Telushkin’s books are teluahkin welcomed on my nightstand, as his writing style is unassuming, eloquent, yet basic.

See and discover other items: Please try again later. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Essential Judaism George Robinson. Rabbi Telushkin’s Jewish Literacy is intended to serve as a general introduction to Judaism and Jewish culture and history. I really cannot recommend this book enough.

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed

I remembered that it gets cursory over different things at various points, less about the inserting Zionism stuff, but admittedly Good review, Cooper! Mar 13, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: But, we are Judeo Chrisit This is such an enjoyable and educational book! Since whatever I read was so interesting and educational, I finally decided to read it cover to cover. Useful, readable as a whole or individual entries as needed, and comprehensive. Excellent One-Volume Intro to Judaism.


To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now. Oct 27, Lesli rated it really liked it Shelves: I also would have liked to see a bibliography at the end of the book rather than at the end of each entry.

Because he is trying to cover everything from the telushkib of the Torah, to relious observances, to Israeli independence, jeaish WWII, all topics are covered lightly. Which country first granted Jews equal rights? The author seems to come from a fairly conservative in the context teluskhin Judaism, not necessarily politics mindset, but makes teluwhkin sincere effort to represent the many sects, opinions, and divisions within his religion.

And if you’ve never surveyed the history of the Jews, you may be amazed by all the momentous turns of events and paradigm shifts. Explore the Home Gift Guide. You’ll find the answers to these questions Customers who bought this item also bought. This book could likely be considered to be the sort of work that would not be likely to appeal outside of an audience of Jews who might want to understand their own background better or those who are at least somewhat close to Judaism in terms of their own religious thinking.

I stopped every two pages to share some interesting fact with whoever was sitting nearby. I made it a point to verify politically motivated statements against other, more neutral sources — some stack up, some don’t. No trivia or quizzes yet. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of This is no dry Judaism textbook.


Personally, I came away with more sympathy toward Israel than I had before–and a greater awareness of the assumptions many Americans make when it comes to going too far in that direction and believing Israel can do no wrong. If you’re reading this book, I presume you’re ready to do some heavy reading, so adding more research to the list shouldn’t be that tall of an order.

Which country first granted Jews equal rights? He had heard the baby crying while walking to the synagogue and, realizing that the mother must have gone off to services, had gone into the house to calm him. With a book like this I am not necessarily looking for things I agree with because there will be much that is outside of my own experience and practice. You jewisj read in small snippets about individual topics you’re curious about, or straight through and get the full coverage.

Other jeewish – View all Jewish Literacy: After reading, one should be literate about most aspects of Judaism.

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 liheracy the destroyed temples of other religions’ or categorizing all antizionist literady as self-hating, and categorizing all antizionist gentiles as antisemitic.

A great overview of Jewish history, customs and beliefs. After various introductory material the author opens with a discussion about stories of the Bible, divided by book of the Bible, containing the first 63 entries I. A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking. This is an excellent overview of Judaism