- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 6th ed. edition (November 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068484298X
- ISBN-13: 978-0684842981
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What is a Jew? 6th ed. Edition
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Kertzer, who died in 1984, wrote the first edition of this book in 1953. He revised it three times, most recently in 1978. Now his nephew, also a rabbi and professor at the Hebrew Union College, has revised the book again. Originally intended to "guide non-Jews to a better understanding of their fellow Jewish Americans" as well as to "enable Jews themselves to rediscover forgotten roots of tradition and belief," the book still serves this purpose admirably, addressing all of the traditional questions: What in general do Jews believe? What are Orthodox Jews? What is Torah? Also addressed are newer concerns: What is the Jewish attitude toward feminism? According to Judaism, do animals have rights? Why do Jews persist in remembering the Holocaust? About half the material in this revised edition is new; the entire book is written from a calmly instructional, nonevangelical viewpoint and in an engaging style that will appeal to young people and old, Jews and non-Jews. Highly recommended for all public and school libraries.
- Marcia Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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This book should be recommended not only to
every Jew ( various streams) but also non-Jews, who think they know and are usually wrong.
19m Jews were living prior to WW2, after about 13m., which hasn't changed since then. For those who convert to, there are 10 who convert out.Intermarriage and assimilation are dwindling
the people. Only the obvious are obvious. Closet Jews abound. Jewish institutions are dying ( communit centers). Non-Jews have an advantage we don't, they have their Messiah.
We have a concept., not enough to sustain us.
17% are kosher, and most Jews dont attend
the temple. Disobeying the Laws of Moses
is in vogue. Liberalism has replaced Torah
in most homes. Christmas trees are accepted
as part of the US culture. What is a Jew, gives
some definition in an otherwise futile effort.
I did not fully understand what a Jew was. Is it a race of people or is it a culture or is it a religion?
I now know enough to confidently say that a Jew is one who accepts the faith of Judaism.
Jesus and Christmas are not recognized in Judaism. Good information to know in America.
I am looking for more information regarding the people who are considered Jews.
I just received The Chosen Few, How Education Shaped Jewish History 70 -1492.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a broad understanding of where and why the Jewish people stand on
different issues in our lives yesterday, today and always.