What You Thought You Knew About Judaism: 341 Common Misconceptions About Jewish Life Reuven P. Bulka

ISBN: 9780876688670

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What You Thought You Knew About Judaism: 341 Common Misconceptions About Jewish Life by Reuven P. Bulka
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In What You Thought You Knew about Judaism, Reuven Bulka - rabbi, author, and psychologist - lists, explores, and explodes 341 commonly held misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.Thoroughly researched and sensitively written, this unique bookMoreIn What You Thought You Knew about Judaism, Reuven Bulka - rabbi, author, and psychologist - lists, explores, and explodes 341 commonly held misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.Thoroughly researched and sensitively written, this unique book describes and debunks myths about Jewish special events, the Sabbath and festivals, food, prayer services, the role of women, the Jewish attitude towards parents and teachers, the Jewish legal system, and the responsibility of Jews towards others.

Within each of these broad categories, Rabbi Bulka states the various misconceptions, explains their probable origins, and compares them with the facts. And as each misconception is exposed, the truth is explained in a lively, sympathetic, and straightforward way that will appeal to readers of all kinds.Some of the misconceptions addressed in this book are: Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year- Jewish law does not forbid smoking- Divorce is a sin- For a marriage to be legally binding, a rabbi must be present- Knocking on wood is an innocuous habit- vegetarianism is consistent with Jewish tradition- lying is prohibited- Judaism is a religion.

Anyone who agrees with any or all of these statements will be fascinated and enlightened by Rabbi Bulkas work.Read in any one of a variety of ways, What You Thought You Knew about Judaism is an enjoyable way to explore the wonderful intricacies of Judaism and is sure to teach even well-informed Jews that they hold some inaccurate notions about their faith.

Some readers will want to browse through the books entries, picking up gems of knowledge and understanding. Others will approach this volume with specific questions, and use the detailed topical index to direct them to the subject of their choice. Still others will find themselves so fascinated that they will read this book from cover to cover.What You Thought You Knew about Judaism will hold a place of special affection in the hearts of all who seek to broaden and clarify their perspective on Judaism and Jewish life.



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