The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
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Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism by Dennis Prager
Book DescriptionIf you have ever wanted to find out more about the nature of Judaism, or explain it to a friend. If you have ever wondered how Jews feel about their Jewishness, this is the book for you. It is stimulating and thought provoking with challenging ideas permeating its pages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671622619
(214mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dennis Prager
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"Scripture quotations, except where otherwise noted, are author's own translation from the Hebrew."--Title page verso.
US Kirkus Review » A fervent apologia, vigorously written but intellectually naive, and aimed not at "people" but secularized Jews. Prager (historian) and Telushkin (rabbi) argue for traditional faith, ethics, and ritual practice. They distinguish Judaism from Christianity, Islam, Marxism, and "ethical humanism." They attack anti-Zionism and intermarriage, urge organized support for Soviet Jewry, encourage parents to send their children to Jewish day schools, champion kashrut, tzedaka, and strict shabbat observance, etc. Jews trying to get back to their religious roots may find all this helpful, but only if they're willing to accept some rather over-simplified thinking. In their eagerness, for example, to prove that any morality not grounded in the supernatural is doomed, the authors insist that "reason is amoral." Any good behavior on the part of atheists must therefore flow from crypto-theistic sources. But even if "ethical monotheism" were the only thing standing between us and total barbarism (tell that to Buddhists and Hindus), Prager and Telushkin fail to link that abstract monotheism with the highly concrete God of the Bible. The reader, if he didn't know better, would scarcely guess that Judaism is a historical religion - and unintelligible when separated from its evolutionary past. Further problems: undiscriminating piety (low Jewish murder rates are traced to dietary laws), occasional bias (short shrift is given to Marxism), and ethnocentricity (no understanding is evidenced of Palestinian claims). There's much inspiration here for the (at least) half-convinced, but skeptics will have to look elsewhere. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager hosts a nightly talk show about values on KABC Radio in Los Angeles, lectures extensively, and writes and publishes a national newsletter, Ultimate Issues. Joseph Telushkin, a rabbi and scholar of Jewish history, is currently a Jerusalem Fellow. Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin are also coauthors of Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism.
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