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Ask the Rabbi: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Being Jewish (Arthur Kurzweil Books)

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Does God really have a chosen people? Do Jews believe in an afterlife? Why do all Jewish holidays begin at night? When is it okay to tell a lie? What does Judaism say about being gay?

From the mundane to the perplexing, Rabbi Ron Isaacs answers all your questions about the Jewish faith in a manner that is warm, wise, and witty. Isaacs brings his many years of experience as a rabbi and scholar to create a family-friendly resource that you and your children can use again and again to answer questions as they arise in your day-to-day lives–such as questions about worship services, blessings, famous people in the Bible, miracles, fast days, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, the Seder, circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, keeping kosher, sex, death and dying, medical ethics, Jewish beliefs, Hasidim, Jewish denominations, rabbis and cantors, black Jews, Jewish professions, what others think of the Jews, Israel, ritual garments, the Torah, the mezuzah, anti-Semitic documents and statements, Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews, language, Jews and cults, kabbalah, and classic Jewish books.

An extraordinary collection of questions, an extraordinary collection of answers, Ron Isaacs is indeed the rabbi who can be asked anything. His knowledge is encyclopedic, and this book is a pleasure to read.

–Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values

If you’ve ever wanted a resource to turn to when your children ask you questions about Judaism or if you’ve got a whole bunch of leftover questions from your own childhood, Ask the Rabbi will fill the bill beautifully.

–From the Foreword by Dr. Jonathan Woocher, president, Jewish Education Service of North America

Synopsis:

Does God really have a chosen people? Do Jews believe in an afterlife? Why do all Jewish holidays begin at night? When is it okay to tell a lie? What does Judaism say about being gay?

From the mundane to the perplexing, Rabbi Ron Isaacs answers all your questions about the Jewish faith in a manner that is warm, wise, and witty. Isaacs brings his many years of experience as a rabbi and scholar to create a family-friendly resource that you and your children can use again and again to answer questions as they arise in your day-to-day lives— such as questions about: worship services, blessings, famous people in the Bible, miracles, fast days, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, the Seder, circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, keeping kosher, sex, death and dying, medical ethics, Jewish beliefs, Hasidim, Jewish denominations, rabbis and cantors, black Jews, Jewish professions, what others think of the Jews, Israel, ritual garments, the Torah, the mezuzah, Anti-Semitic documents and statements, Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews, language, Jews and cults, kabbalah, and classic Jewish books.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234) and index.

About the Author

Rabbi Ron Isaacs, Ed.D., is the rabbi of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and codirector of its Hebrew High School. An adjunct lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he is the author of more than eighty books. Rabbi Ron Isaacs can be reached directly through his Ask the Rabbi website at www.rabbiron.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Jonathan Woocher.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. God.

Theology.

Experiencing God.

Chapter 2. Prayer.

Reasons to Pray.

Worship Services.

Communal Versus Private Prayer.

Enhancing the Prayer Services.

Blessings.

Prayer Movements.

Ten Commandments.

Prayer Responses.

Chapter 3. Bible.

Authorship.

Famous Bible People.

Biblical Miracles.

Biblical Disappearances.

Chapter 4. Jewish Holidays.

Time and the Calendar.

Shabbat.

Fast Days.

High Holy Days.

Sukkot.

Hanukkah.

Purim.

Passover.

The Seder.

Chapter 5. Circumcision.

Chapter 6. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah.

Chapter 7. Marriage.

Chapter 8. Keeping Kosher.

Chapter 9. Women's Issues.

Chapter 10. Sex.

Chapter 11. Death and Dying.

Chapter 12. Medical Ethics.

Chapter 13. Jewish Belief.

Chapter 14. Hasidim.

Chapter 15. Jewish Denominations.

Reform Jews.

Conseervative Jews.

Orthodox Jews.

Reconstructionist Jews.

Chapter 16. Rabbis and Cantors.

Chapter 17. Origins.

Chapter 18. Black Jews.

Chapter 19. Jewish Professions.

Chapter 20. What Others Think of the Jews.

Chapter 21. Jews and Christians.

Chapter 22. Jews and Ritual.

Chapter 23. Israel.

Chapter 24. Ritual Garments.

Chapter 25. Holy Objects.

Chapter 26. Anti-Semitic Documents and Statements.

Chapter 27. Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews.

Chapter 28. Language.

Chapter 29. Jews and Cults.

Chapter 30. Kabbalah.

Chapter 31. Classic Jewish Books.

Chapter 32. Jeish Renewal.

Resources.

The Author.

Index.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787967840
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Author:
Isaacs, Ronald H.
Author:
Isaacs, Ron
Author:
Isaacs, Rabbi Ron
Subject:
Bible - Study - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Rabbinical literature
Subject:
Ethics, jewish
Subject:
Midrash
Subject:
Mishnah
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Arthur Kurzweil Books
Series Volume:
10.
Publication Date:
20031003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
249 x 159 x 23.1 mm 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Does God really have a chosen people? Do Jews believe in an afterlife? Why do all Jewish holidays begin at night? When is it okay to tell a lie? What does Judaism say about being gay?

From the mundane to the perplexing, Rabbi Ron Isaacs answers all your questions about the Jewish faith in a manner that is warm, wise, and witty. Isaacs brings his many years of experience as a rabbi and scholar to create a family-friendly resource that you and your children can use again and again to answer questions as they arise in your day-to-day lives— such as questions about: worship services, blessings, famous people in the Bible, miracles, fast days, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, the Seder, circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, keeping kosher, sex, death and dying, medical ethics, Jewish beliefs, Hasidim, Jewish denominations, rabbis and cantors, black Jews, Jewish professions, what others think of the Jews, Israel, ritual garments, the Torah, the mezuzah, Anti-Semitic documents and statements, Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews, language, Jews and cults, kabbalah, and classic Jewish books.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234) and index.
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