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

by George Robinson

Book, 2000



Call number

200 ROB


New York : Pocket Books, 2001, c2000


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.… (more)

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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.
LibraryThing member CrunchyGranola
an easy-to-read and comprehensive reference
LibraryThing member dirac
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 covering the history of the various divisions withing Judaism. I also was not looking for
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information on Jewish philosophers. A very good overview book though that one can simply skip that which is not one's cup of tea.
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