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Why Be Jewish? Paperback – September 15, 1995
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The three sections were answers to the question: "Why Be Jewish?"
1. To Grow In Soul
2. To Join A People
3. To Seek God
You can pick what you want out of this and leave the rest, but this writing basically reminds me of what would come out if Thomas Friedman were a rabbi. One jewel, for example: "The master musician must spend agonizing hours practicing uninspiring hand exercising before taking up Brahms; one who would cultivate spirit must realize that discipline and law are the training grounds for spirits that seek to climb." (p.17). Or another: "Spirit contradicts the laws of Physics; in being expended, it grows greater." (p.31).
This book would have been a lot better if he had made some slight modifications. The organization in three sections was great. Within each section, he could have taken up one topic. One single topic for one page or two. (So, he could have talked about the Jewish view of God or of sin in contradistinction to Christianity/ Islam. He could have talked about the Jewish view of intimacy.Read more ›
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Wonderful book. Anybody who is thinking about becoming Jewish or joining a reform synagogue. Should read this. It is a very interesting book and a page-turner full of informationPublished 1 month ago by Laura Austin
Rabbi Wolpe has a way of presenting complicated information in a simple,easy to read manner.Published 20 months ago by cooperkat10
Should be a must read in understanding is being Jewish what you are born into or what religious traditions you follow, or can they be separated. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Lisa Huffman