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Publisher's Summary

Your plain-English guide to Judaism. Whether you're interested in the religion or the spirituality, the culture or the ethnic traditions, Judaism for Dummies explores the full spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the mystical, meditative, and spiritual depth of the faith and the practice. In this warm and welcoming audiobook, you'll find coverage of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as a daily practice; the food and fabric of Judaism; Jewish wedding ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of pain, sadness, triumph, and joy; great Jewish thinkers and historical celebrities; and much more. Updates to the "recent history" section with discussions of what has happened in the first decade of the 21st century including: the expansion of orthodox political power in Israel; expansion of interfaith work; unfortunate recent anti-Semitic events; and other news. Expanded coverage of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. New coverage on Jewish views of morality, including birth control, homosexuality, and environmental concerns. Revised recipes for traditional Jewish cooking, updated key vocabulary, and Yiddish phrases everyone should know. Jews have long spread out to the corners of the world, so there are significant Jewish communities on many continents. Judaism for Dummies offers a glimpse into the rituals, ideas, and terms that are woven into the history and everyday lives of Jewish people as near as our own neighborhoods and as far-reaching as across the world.
©2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 10-26-14

A good overview

What made the experience of listening to Judaism for Dummies, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

There was little that I didn't know already, but then again I have been doing a lot of research into Judaism for the last four years. It was pretty much in line with the "norm" out there. The author was very kind, too much for my taste, towards other religions that are heavily involved in idolatry.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a great overall-style book on Judaism, then this is for you. If you are looking for information to help thwart the missionary onslaught towards Jews, then this isn't the one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 03-05-16

Very nicely written

Would you listen to Judaism for Dummies, 2nd Edition again? Why?

Very interesting and encompassing lesson on a beautiful religion and culture

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author / narrator

What does Ira Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Jewish 101

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed it; well written, educational, great for the curious

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steeds on 06-25-17

Concise and Enlightening

This book is very well written and equally well read. It does a great job at contextualising and explaining the significance of much of history, scripture, beliefs, festivals and religious customs/ traditions.

As a Christian, I find the study of Judaism so enlightening for my own faith. Due to the massive scope of what is covered here, this book has occasionally been helpful in giving me certain topics to research in further depth. I would recommend this to any Christian (or even any Muslim) looking to understand and deepen their own faith; after-all, no house is strong unless it is built on solid foundations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ibrahim955 on 11-17-15

Excellent easy summary of Judaism

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Very informative

What did you like best about this story?

The author tried his best to answer difficult questions

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The chapters on Torah and Telmud

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Judaism from current time perspective

Any additional comments?

I never knew that current Judaism is not the same Judaism that was revealed by and taught by Moses to the original Jews

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