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Even if you aren't Jewish...,
This review is from: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism. 2nd Edition (Idiot's Guides) (Paperback)
This book is a comprehensive, easy to read and understand, guide to Judaism. I think it is both a valuable tool for someone that is Jewish, and to remind them of the beauty and practices of the religion, but also great for someone like me, who read this book not knowing anything at all about Judaism. I had many misconceptions about this religion and it was definately an educational experience. I can now say I know what a mitzvah, a tallit and a kiddish are! This is a complex, yet lovely religion and Rabbi Benjamin Blech makes it so easy to understand. He is also very funny, with cute little jokes throughout the book.
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.