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Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism Paperback – April 21, 1986
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Rabbi Paul Kushner (Reform) in The Jewish Week I would suggest that on a single afternoon every rabbi, YMHA director, Jewish college instructor and anyone who has contact with young Jewish adults should set aside throe or four hours and read The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. They could then spend the next few decades recommending and quoting hem this excellent book.
About the Author
Joseph Telushkin, a rabbi and scholar of Jewish history, is currently a Jerusalem Fellow.
Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin are also coauthors of Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book cuts right through all of that and says with gusto, "this is what Jews believe!"
Whether you're a Jew or not, this is one book you want to pick up if you want to understand the Jewish mind a little better. Did you go to Hebrew school as a kid but now you're not sure why you should care? This book will get you caring, whether you agree with Prager or not.
Even those who disagree with him cannot deny that his writing gets Judaism up off the page and brings it to life in a way that few other "Intro" books do.
Prager is an apologist in a religion that offers little by way of heartfelt apologetics, and an oasis of reason in a sea of religious hyperbole.
The book is organized into sections based on the typical reasons that non-practicing jews give for the nominal role that Judaism has in their lives. There is also a chapter which gives a good but brief Jewish view of the foundations of Christianity.
The authors have done a good job of organizing and thinking through their responses to statements ranging from "I can be a moral person without organized religion" to the complex issue of intermarriage.
The book was written 20+ years ago, so there are a few sections that are outdated, such as the brief section that deals with Soviet Jewry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Succinct & well organized, eminently readable, comprehensive overview of some key points in Judaism, Jewish history, some of the literature, and, of course, the "Nine... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Patricia Kimball
Mr. Prager writes a wonderful apologetic for Judaism. A well versed atheist could probably find objections but he doesn't waste much time on theology and instead focuses on Judaism... Read morePublished 6 months ago by dogcow
The book gave me more insight into my religion than I ever had before.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best. I met Dennis Prager in the early 1970s, shortly after he wrote the original version of this book, and I'm still using the material in discussions with people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by scooter
I buy a dozen of these books at a time. Its an easy read and presented in such a logical manner than even the most die hard atheist
can not easily dismiss it. Read more
For a generation, Prager and Telushkin's book has been and remains single best popular introduction to Judaism available.Published 9 months ago by Yoram Hazony
Well researched, well thought out and written perfectly for understanding and clarity. This book takes each question regarding Judaism and answers using history and the insight of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by delene