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Judaism for dummies de Ted Falcon
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Judaism for dummies (edició 2013)

de Ted Falcon, David Blatner (Author.)

Sèrie: For Dummies

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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 book, 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 twenty-first 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.   Judaism For Dummies (9781119643074) was previously published as Judaism For Dummies (9781118407516). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.… (més)
Membre:BrotherJerome
Títol:Judaism for dummies
Autors:Ted Falcon
Altres autors:David Blatner (Author.)
Informació:Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, [2013]
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It’s a pretty simple book, if lengthy, but I’d like to respond to the idea of Judaism and Gentles’ relation to it in general. It’s unfortunate that even what we know about minorities is filtered through the lens of the majority—all we know about Jews is that we don’t like them, unless we read a book like this—but this is what I know about.

Most people don’t like Jews because they’re not Jews; Jews are “too different”. In terms of automatic processes and the animal self, I can recognize this attitude in myself. Jewish books, ideas, and famous people are interesting, but if I’m out in public and I see someone dressed in a Jewish way, I notice the animal self automatically say, Jew! How Jewish! Good thing I’m not one of them! (Except it’s not really in words.) But I recognize this impulse as being sinful. I don’t know what I should be doing exactly, but I do know I’m not actively encouraging my anti-Jewishness and I do see it as sinful. I’m not comfortable with it. Many people, however, are very, very comfortable with their anti-Jewish attitudes which they refuse to acknowledge or call ‘sin’ and I think these deserve to be discussed. (Do you think that these anti-Jewish attitudes can be ranked in terms of badness, or not? Discuss.)

I told my mom I was reading “Judaism for Dummies” and she rolled her eyes and walked away. Later she claimed that she doesn’t like the “For Dummies” title; I guess she didn’t grow up with “learning is fun” etc. As much as I don’t want to hold people's more homogeneous backgrounds against them, it can be a little troubling though. A lot of people don’t mind Jews, right—as long as they’re not too Jew-y. Assimilate, dammit. I could have sworn my mom was saying, Can’t the Jew just be a Buddhist, like me? Being a Jew is fine, but being Jew-y: never!

My liberal church read a book by a Jewish New Testament scholar who was writing about the Sermon on the Mount from a Jewish perspective, but the group’s response to her was mixed at best. They loved our Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book: be an African-American unlike us, write a familiar classically Christian easy to read book. Look different, don’t make waves. Perfect. But Amy-Jill Levine didn’t go over so well. We read it, and we were calm and I guess respectful, if dismissive. But what’s all this about Aramaic? The familiar terms here would be Greek. And why all this intellectualizing about Jesus? My faith doesn’t involve intellectualizing! Are we exercising our right to disagree, or are we saying, Amy-Jill, you are talking Jew. Talk Jesus, like the Good Black Men, Michael Curry, and of course, Martin and Mal-uh, Ralph David Abernathy.

But no discussion about the Jew and his infestation of Christian Europe would be complete without a conservative father and his Bible friends…. To be honest, that’s why I had to write this. Jews are too different, and you know what that means. The Jew is going to Hell. Huh huh! It’s great though, because maybe he can get out of Hell for a small price if he makes a few goy friends. Huh huh! And he won’t find it hard, because I’m a good guy. I’m funny. Of course, I get moody sometimes, in my beautiful beach house in this country where there are so many people like me, because I’m oppressed. I am. I’m oppressed. Hitler didn’t oppress me; Robert E Lee didn’t oppress me. But I’ve been watching Star Trek a lot lately and tell you something me, these media Jews don’t quote the By Bull! They not from Georgia, son! They don’t know that KKK for Christ is in decline. These things involve oppression!!! But my heart is in the right place. People shouldn’t complain that they’re oppressed. Especially not the dirty races. Really I specialize in knowing principles, not practical things, you know.

It was really bad. I have to make it funny because that’s my only way of not getting angry, but it’s broadly similar to what I’ve described—one day I’ll be oppressed, until then watch out, those who claim to be Christians who do not formally and lovingly damn the Jews!

It was great though, because they brought the whole thing up themselves, to brag. (But if the church says it does not sin, it lies and makes God a liar, and the truth is not in it, because it can’t tolerate the hard thing in love. But if you’re just the Plato Club interested in Truth with a Capital T and a little power, and the all-important covering up of the ass, it’s ok. You’re not the church, so those things don’t apply to you. Just say, Me white man good. Me Kullervo, cursing Finnish sorcerer. You insult me. Me curse you! I truth have! Huh huh!)

They did. They bragged about it. We’re not Christ-killer doctrine people! We’re Modern conservatives, as superior to our racist forbearers as we are to the dirty Jews themselves! (Remember, the Jews are going to Hell and only Hollywood Christians go by the Jew. The rules are the same for everyone. Everyone has to be like me, and the Jews, they just can’t do that. I don’t know if it’s the blood or how they were raised, and I don’t care. More convenient for me, that way.) You know how this came on Bible Tribe though. It was the Catholics. If they really had the Bible, they would see that the Jew gave the Bible to Bible Tribe when it was small and hadn’t worked out its full grace yet. But the Jews don’t have the Protestant Old Testament, really, then they might be alright. The Jew really has the commentaries. They have the Talmud, which is like a Catholic thing. It’s a commentary, and not a real true Bible Tribe Bible, which is literally beyond all interpretation except this: you gotta be a Protestant. Well, you have to agree with me. A Hollywood Christian had kinda a Jew Bible but he didn’t cover up the ass. Jews don’t always do that, cover up the ass, which is very important and different, and when things are important and different, watch out, and don’t set the phaser to stun, get the old British Empire gun, right. But what I really don’t like about the Gnostics is that they don’t see that it’s all grace. They follow Plato. They follow the Plato elite. If only we could crack that almond. We used to. Now we’re oppressed. Gossip. Backbiting. That’s a lot like not covering the ass, you know, which can be very important. Anyway, you got to be a Protestant, if you want to be saved. If you’re Trump, you might be one of these new Calvinist popes, but I don’t see how the Jew could swing it. The Protestant Old Testament is alright, especially when we were young, like Frank Sinatra, forever, but real Talmud Jew books savour too much of the ass. You know. Gotta cover it up. The Jews are just too different, son.

Being different is a problem, I heard him say.
  goosecap | Jun 15, 2021 |
The book does provide a decent introduction. I wish it would provide more comparative analysis of Judaism versus other religions, more detailed historical data and less emphasis on specific details of religious ceremonies and prayers. ( )
  everfresh1 | Sep 24, 2011 |
Introduction to Judaism: beliefs, life cycle, history, celebrations and holidays, biographies
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
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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 book, 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 twenty-first 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.   Judaism For Dummies (9781119643074) was previously published as Judaism For Dummies (9781118407516). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.

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