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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Philipp Feldheim; 1st edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873068270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873068277
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,479,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Huggable in Chicago on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
During Torah studies, I kept asking my partner why do we do this or that. Practical Judiasm takes you step by step through the day and the year explaining where in the Torah it tells us to do daily tasks. It helped me understand and appreciate my prayers as well as give me direction toward further study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau is one of the Jewish people's most important spiritual guides and teachers. He has served as Chief Rabbi of Israel. As a child he survived the 'Holocaust' and was brought to live in Israel where he became a major public figure and teacher of Judaism. This practical Guide which I have read in Hebrew is a very clear and rich source of information. It explains much of what the religious Jew needs to know in the conduct of everyday life. It describes and explains the Blessings , the Jewish Holidays, the rites of passage as understood and prescribed by Judaism. As Rabbi Lau makes clear in Judaism it is not enough to study and learn one must put one's knowledge and wisdom into action. Rabbi Lau in writing this work , as he says in the introduction to this book, is aiming to make a contribution to the teaching of the Jewish way of life. In a world in which so many Jews are ignorant of much of Judaism this work can be of major help to many. And for those who do have a richer knowledge of Judaism this work will no doubt enhance that richness.
I believe it will be a valuable resource in learning and deepening in Judaism for those who read and study it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the author of this book designed to make Judaism meaningful was a chief rabbi of Israel. The volume discusses the origin, reason, and method of observance of a multitude of Jewish practices.
The rabbi discusses the laws of Kosher, for example, in close to twenty pages, and the Sabbath in about fifty pages. He address the ceremonies of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, marriages, and commandments associated with festivals. He focuses also on what is unique about Jews and Jewish beliefs.
He answers many questions, such as: Why do Orthodox Jews wear head coverings? Why is a quorum of ten males necessary for some Jewish services? What is the source for wearing a prayer shawl called tallit by male Jews during services and why is it done? Why is the mourner's prayer said in Aramaic instead of Hebrew? Why is there a command to wash one's hands before a meal?
The book is designed for the average reader and is very easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Abrass on August 13, 2013
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This book is more of a reference book for me. Questions I had were answered in a very understandable way. All I had to do was find the subject in the very clear, organized table of contents at the beginning of the book. This was more of what i consider an index and I appreciated its clarity. I highly recommend this book.
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This is actually the 4th book that I've bought that is meant to help me with my conversion for Judaism. (The other three were: 1. To Be A Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life; 2. Becoming a Jew; 3. To Pray As A Jew: A Guide To The Prayer Book And The Synagogue Service.)

How to describe this book? It's as if Eric Hoffer (or someone who read his work) wrote a book on conversion. The prose was: 1. Concise; 2. Pithy; 3. Useful.

What did this book have that the other three didn't have?

1. There were no pointless, waffling stories that had nothing to do with the conversion and with day to day life (Book #2).
2. There was only a minimum of explanation and the book was not overwrought with detail (Books #1 and #3).
3. It was written by a former Chief Rabbi of Israel. So if he doesn't know what relevant to put into a book on conversion, then no one does.

There were some significant problems:

1. This book was translated by someone whose native language may not have been English, and the translation did come across as a bit rough. But the valuable content that was in the book far compensated for any translation problems.

2. There were many spelling mistakes in the book, and also no index. (There was, however, a table of contents.) But, owing to the tightness and brevity of the book, that did not diminish it much.

3. The Hebrew for many of the prayers was not next to them. Most of the prayers, in fact.
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