New PDF release: A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew

By Jonathan D Sarna

ISBN-10: 0465002463

ISBN-13: 9780465002467

At the flip of the twenty-first century, the significant query confronting Jewish leaders in the USA is easy:

Why be Jewish?

Jonathan D. Sarna, acclaimed student of yank Judaism, believes that “Why be Jewish?” is the inaccurate query. Judaism, he believes, isn't rather a lot a “why” as a way—a lifestyle, a manner of marking time, a fashion of when it comes to the surroundings, to people, to relatives, and to God. Judaism is skilled via doing—doing issues Jewish, doing issues for fellow Jews in desire, doing issues as a Jew to enhance the kingdom of the realm. The extra Judaism one does, the extra one involves savour what Judaism is.

Using the Jewish calendar as his start line, Sarna displays at the significant topics of Jewish existence as expressed in an entire 12 months of holidays—from Passover within the spring to Purim 11 months later. Passover, for example, yields a dialogue of freedom; Shavuot, a dialogue of Torah; Yom Kippur, the position of the person in the Jewish neighborhood; Chanukah, problems with assimilation and anti-assimilation.

An crucial short introduction—or reintroduction—to the foremost practices of Jewish existence in addition to the various complexities of the yank Jewish adventure, this ebook may be crucial examining for American Jews and the appropriate reward for the vacation season.

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