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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As an example, his stance on the modern state of Israel: I learned sooooo much. You’ll find the answers to these questions Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. Trivia About Jewish Literacy: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

In short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life.

During jewiah wait, a young woman in the congregation became agitated. There were several places that I noticed a very distict bias coming through. A good overview of Jewish ideas, history, and theological principles written by a member of the Jewish community.

This is an excellent overview of Judaism More by Joseph Telushkin. 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 telusbkin background better or those who are at least somewhat close to Judaism in terms of their own religious thinking.


My second complaint is that the author is highly motivated, and not subtly, to read Zionism into potentially any part of Jewish history. The “chapters” are liteacy but concise and you can easily read a chapter while brushing your teeth. It explains things in jewksh, bite size parts, from the stories of the Torah, to the creation of the state of Israel.

Organized by subject, the book’s fifteen sections include: Silver, Shaker Heights P. So full of useful information. History and Contemporary Life From the biblical and Talmudic periods through the Spanish Inquisition to modern times, with special sections on the Holocaust, Israel, and American-Jewish life.

There are Christians who avoid what they call the OT believing it has little to do with them. Answers to the questions from the front flap: 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.

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed

He has an academic’s grasp of the facts, and a storyteller’s gift for the personal and historical anecdote. One person found this helpful. Why does Jewish law compare gossiping to murder? I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Jun 10, Mellanie C rated it it was amazing. In any case, they would not start the service without him.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Explore the Home Gift Guide. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Telushkin clearly has a love for this work and it comes through in his writing. In particular, I find Telushkin to be mature in balancing secular and traditional points of view.

Mar 05, Wendy rated it it was amazing. Basic religious terms, ethics, historical events, religious texts, Jewish personalities, and more are covered in a lively, popular style.

It was very informative and helped me navigate my way through the Jewish community pretty well. Literayc was polygamy outlawed for Jews? Get to Know Us. Telushkin’s prose is simple and elegant and capable of delivering large amounts of information with little wasted verbiage.


As other reviewers have noted, the author has allowed literzcy personal feelings to weigh on how he presents the Muslim and Arab world, and I would take his words with a grain of salt here. The author concludes the book with a discussion of the life cycle within the Jewish culture XIV and the synagogue and prayers of Judaism XVwhich literwcy for a satisfying conclusion. More than two decades after its publication, the book remains a foundation text for Jews, non-Jews, and prospective converts alike.

A great overview of Jewish history, customs and beliefs.

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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.

He attended Yeshiva of Flatbush where met his future co-author Dennis Prag Joseph Telushkin born is an American rabbi, lecturer, and best selling author. I made it a point to verify politically An excellent and comprehensive guidebook to the various aspects of Jewish life, culture, and history.

Mar 17, Peter rated it it was amazing.

They were dispersed when the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians in B. Organized by subject, the book’s fifteen sections include: He has been on the Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential Rabbis in America litreacy I recently gave a copy to a friend who is half-Jewish.

Looking for beautiful books? The short chapters on Jewish essentials make this a quick and easy book to read.