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Judaism for Dummies, 2nd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: What Jews Generally Believe 9 Chapter 1: That?s Funny, You Don?t Look Jewish: Who?s a Jew and Why 11 Chapter 2: It?s All One: Judaism and God 23 Chapter 3: A Never-Ending Torah: The Unfolding of a Tradition 33 Chapter 4: A Path of Blessing: Judaism as a Daily Practice 45 Chapter 5: Jewish Mysticism 69 Chapter 6: Ethical Challenges 89 Part II: From Womb to Tomb: The Life Cycle 105 Chapter 7: In the Beginning: Birth and Bris 107 Chapter 8: Coming of Age: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah 117 Chapter 9: Get Me to the Chuppah On Time: Weddings 125 Chapter 10: Stepping Through the Valley: The Shadow of Death 137 Part III: An Overview of Jewish History 151 Chapter 11: Let My People Go: From Abraham to Exodus 153 Chapter 12: The Kings of Israel: The First Temple 165 Chapter 13: Bracketed by Exile: The Second Temple 173 Chapter 14: The Exiles Continue: The First Millennium 181 Chapter 15: The Greatest Horror, the Greatest Triumph 193 Chapter 16: Jewish Buddhists and Other Challenges of the New Age 211 Chapter 17: The Problem of Anti-Semitism 219 Part IV: Celebrations and Holy Days 231 Chapter 18: A Taste of Paradise: Shabbat 233 Chapter 19: In with the New: Rosh Hashanah 249 Chapter 20: Getting Serious: Yom Kippur 261 Chapter 21: The Great Outdoors: Sukkot 271 Chapter 22: Seeking Light in Dark Times: Chanukkah 281 Chapter 23: Celebrating Renewal: Tu B?Shvat 293 Chapter 24: A Jewish Carnival: Purim 297 Chapter 25: From Groan to Glee: Passover 307 Chapter 26: Spring Is Busting Out All Over: Shavuot 333 Chapter 27: A Day of Mourning: Tisha B?Av 345 Part V: The Part of Tens 349 Chapter 28: Ten People Who Helped Shape Judaism 351 Chapter 29: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Judaism 359 Part VI: Appendixes 371 Appendix A: Oy Vey! and Other Words You Should Know 373 Appendix B: A Sampler of Jewish Prayers and Blessings 385 Appendix C: Go Now and Learn 393 Index 397

About the Author

Rabbi Ted Falcon PhD, one of the pioneers of contemporary Jewish and interfaith spirituality, is a writer, teacher, and spiritual counselor in private practice. David Blatner is an award-winning author of 15 books, including Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity.

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