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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism. 2nd Edition (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – September 2, 2003
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This book is much, much better than Steinberg's old standby, "Basic Judaism," which is just too much stuffy academe for the average reader of today. Rabbi Blech's use of the familiar 'Idiot's Guide" format is non-threatening, and even uses some humor to make learning about Judaism easy and fun!
I recommend this book to non-Jews who want the basics, to Jews who need to brush up on what they might have missed as kids in Hebrew school, and especially to school teachers and librarians as a quick reference to those common questions about what Jews believe in, what happens in a synagogue service, and "Why do they do that...?"
Thank you, Rabbi Blech, for a great educational resource!
The only thing I wished, although he did touch on briefly, is the subject of reform Judaism. He did write the book from the position of being a liberal Orthodox Rabbi, but with the fast growing numbers of reform Judaism, I would have liked to see a little more on that subject. But all in all it was a great read. To be able to say that about a religious book to a religion that I don't follow, is to say that it was very well written because night after night I couldn't put it down.
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Purchased this book to gain an understanding of Judaism. It is an enjoyable read; every page seemed to address my questions regarding an individuals' relationship with G-d. Read morePublished 20 days ago by B. MacD
Recommend for inquiring minds about the subject! Also reference for secular Jews .Published 2 months ago by phylneff
Great book to just get the basics. It doesn't teach you how to practice or observe holidays and such. But for just learning what Judaism is about its greatPublished 5 months ago by J.elizabeth
First, let me say that I had Rabbi Blech teach me in college. Decades later, I can read his books and gain the clarity he offers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael S.