The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism

Front Cover
Penguin, 2003 - Religion - 433 pages
This second edition updates and revises one of The Complete Idiot's Guidesmost popular religion titles. New topics covered-
  • How the winds of change have affected the major denominations of Judaism in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
  • New times, new concerns-what about the role of women in Judaism, gay rabbis, interfaith marriages? And can a clone count for a Minyan?
  • Gazing into a crystal ball, Judaism and the future-can the present population preserve a religion? Is Israel making it harder or easier for Judaism to survive? And is there a difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism?
  • First edition has netted 1.3K
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

Highly informative overview of Judaism and the history and culture of the Jewish people. I learned a lot. The author's approach is open and clear, though his habit of dropping a joke every couple of paragraphs grew tiresome. Read full review

Very detailed and yet very easy to understand.

User Review  - Rev. Lola Glenney - Christianbook.com

This is a wonderful resource for anything you would like to know.. Read full review

Contents

The World According to God
1
Man and Woman
17
Friends
33
Law and Order
45
if Law and Order
46
Its a Wonderfiil World
55
Read All About It
63
Theres More to the Bible
79
All in the Family The dome
225
Welcome to My Humble Abode
227
The Kitchen
235
The Dining Room
245
The Bedroom
255
The Childs Room
265
The Synagogue
273
Let Us Pray
287

The Laws and the Legends
95
The Later Voices of Judaism
109
The Time of Your Life
127
The Time of Your Life
129
The High Holy Days
145
The Three Feet
161
Feasting and Fasting
175
From the Cradle to the Grave
191
Members of the Wedding
201
But If It Doesnt Work Out
212
Death Be Not Proud
215
Synagogue Fashion
301
The Crucial Questions
311
Whats Most Important?
327
Any Questions from the Floor?
339
Welcome to the TwentyFirst Century
353
Problems Problems Problems
369
So Whats in the Future?
381
Appendixes
391
Index
419
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

BENJAMIN BLECH, a tenth-generation rabbi, is a nationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City and rabbi emeritus of the Young Israel of Oceanside congregation in Oceanside, New York. The author of Understanding Judaism and many other books, Rabbi Blech has appeared frequently on national television and has written for a host of national magazines and scholarly journals. He resides in New York City.

Bibliographic information