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The Kosher Pig: And Other Curiosities of Modern Jewish Life Paperback – February 1, 1994

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Rabbi Israel's collection of essays is "about modernity and being Jewish, about the ironies that result from trying to appropriate the Jewish tradition while at the same time attempting to live fully in the modern world." Israel discusses such important topics as keeping kosher (there is a separate essay on kosher wine), praying, synagogue attendance and decorum, hospitality, fasting, weddings and funerals, sports, spiritual discovery, and even bees (the author is a beekeeper, and, yes, so he argues, Jews can eat honey). Israel, director of the Rabbinic Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, writes with a touch of humor, but his underlying message is thoughtful and astute. Both Jew and non-Jew will enjoy the book. George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Alef Design Group (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881283151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881283157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Kosher Pig is one of the great undiscovered Jewish books of our generation. It is funny, charming, entertaining, eclectic, but it is also deceptively wise. Richard Israel is rooted in Jewish tradition, but he has spent a rich professional rabbinical career dealing with real live American Jews - and it shows. His Jewish knowledge in a technical sense is balanced and informed by his understanding of people. The combination is rare and valuable. His chapter on davenning [praying] is one of the best short introductions to the topic I've ever read. His essay on how to give a dvar torah [a short homiletical speech - except that's not quite right, because a dvar torah is so much less formal than the English "homiletical speech"] is absolutely the best on the topic I've ever read. A book to enjoy for oneself, and also a great gift for someone who is Jewishly questing and growing.
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Enjoyable reading....but too much self insight and comments concerning the author. I would have enjoyed it much more if the Rabbi would have stayed on subject rather than personal accounts....All that said, I did enjoy reading the book and brought back many wonderful stories to my memory of my Jewish friends.
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By A Customer on August 13, 1997
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I thought that this book was very funy about tackling a very solemn set of issues. I would reccommend it
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I read this book during my flight, and was disappointed to have to put it down when the flight landed and I only had a few pages left. It is a very nicely written book that offers the author's (a traditional rabbi) interesting, funny, and touching perspective on everything from beekeeping to the Hevra Kaddisha (society that cares for the dead) to jogging and exercise. Altogether, the book gives you a fresh perspective on being Jewish in America and will make you laugh more than once as well.

I'm really surprised I haven't heard of this book earlier!
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Even though the title may seem humorous, this book is packed with information that has the ability to change your life if you can read it with an open mind.
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