Asks what Judaism means and what it means to be a Jew
There is a story about a Jew who travels from Israel to the United States. When he returns, he tells his friend some of the amazing things he has seen. I met a Jew who had grown up in a yeshiva and knew large sections of the Talmud by heart. I met a Jew who was an atheist. I met a Jew who owned a large business and I met a Jew who was an ardent communist. So what's so strange? the friend asks. America is a big country and millions of Jews live there. You don't understand, the man answers. It was the same Jew.
Judaism is not simply a series of beliefs. It is a practice and a way of life. What do Jews Believe? explores the variety of ways Jews live their lives: religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Jews in Israel and Jews who live in the Diaspora. It asks what Judaism means and what it means to be a Jew. It also asks how and why such a small number of people, totalling no more than twenty million worldwide, have played such a significant role in our planet's history.
Edward Kessler is Founder of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations and writes widely on Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations. Among his many publications is the acclaimed Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians and the Sacrifice of Isaac.
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