Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History

by Joseph Telushkin

Book, 1991



Call number

200 TEL


New York : W. Morrow, c1991.


From the Publisher: What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question? 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, in the largest sense. 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. In 352 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. Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need.… (more)

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LibraryThing member pre20cenbooks
Obtained this book for my library as a basic introduction to Jewish religions and the differences in the Jewish groups. There is a basic thread that runs throughout the different Jewish sects. I look forward to obtaining an updated editiion for my library. The writer composes his information so
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that you realy get understanding of basic ideas behind the traditions and celebrations. Well done.
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LibraryThing member billlund
As a gentile, this book is most interesting to give insight into Jewish culture.
LibraryThing member melsmarsh
A very good one volume reference encyclopedia.
LibraryThing member hvg
All the questions you had about Judaism, but were afraid to ask...
You can look it all up in this book. Excellent source.
LibraryThing member SGTCat
Pretty good overview. It touches on almost anything one could think to ask about.

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0688085067 / 9780688085063

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