Time to Every Purpose by Jonathan D. Sarna
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Time to Every Purpose
By Jonathan D. Sarna

A Time to Every Purpose

Letters to a Young Jew

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Time to Every Purpose by Jonathan D. Sarna

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At the turn of the twenty-first century, the central question confronting Jewish leaders in America is simple: Why be Jewish? Jonathan D. Sarna, acclaimed scholar of American Judaism, believes that "Why be Jewish?" is the wrong question. Judaism, he believes, is not so much a "why" as a way--a way of life, a way of marking time, a way of relating to the environment, to human beings, to family, and to God. Judaism is experienced through doing--doing things Jewish, doing things for fellow Jews in need, doing things as a Jew to improve the state of the world. The more Judaism one does, the more one comes to appreciate what Judaism is. Using the Jewish calendar as his starting point, Sarna reflects on the major themes of Jewish life as expressed in a full year of holidays--from Passover in the spring to Purim eleven months later. Passover, for instance, yields a discussion of freedom; Shavuot, a discussion of Torah; Yom Kippur, the role of the individual within the Jewish community; Chanukah, issues of assimilation and anti-assimilation. An essential brief introduction--or reintroduction--to the major practices of Jewish life as well as the many complexities of the American Jewish experience, this book will be essential reading for American Jews and the perfect gift for the holiday season.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465002467
ISBN-10: 0465002463
Format: Hardback
(203mm x 127mm x 23mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Jonathan D. Sarna

Lincoln and the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna Lincoln and the Jews, Hardback (April 2015)

By the time his life ended, Lincoln had been involved with over one hundred Jews, stood against many of his anti - semitic generals even as he needed them to win the war, and become an advocate for Jewish equality and acceptance. This book details the untold manifold relationships Lincoln had with the Jewish community in Civil War era America.

Jews in America by Jonathan D. Sarna Jews in America, Hardback (September 2012)

Jews in America tells the story of the Jewish presence in America, from the earliest expeditions to the New World through to the arrival in the future United States.

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Author Biography - Jonathan D. Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, and chairs the Academic Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Author of American Judaism: A History, he is also the chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History and of the 350th commemoration of Jewish life in America, 1654--2004. He lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.

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