By Jonathan D Sarna
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 loads a why” as a waya lifestyle, a manner of marking time, a manner of with regards to the surroundings, to people, to relations, and to God. Judaism is skilled via doingdoing issues Jewish, doing issues for fellow Jews in want, doing issues as a Jew to enhance the country of the realm. The extra Judaism one does, the extra one involves take pleasure in what Judaism is.
Using the Jewish calendar as his start line, Sarna displays at the significant subject matters of Jewish lifestyles as expressed in an entire 12 months of holidaysfrom 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 function of the person in the Jewish group; Chanukah, problems with assimilation and anti-assimilation.
An crucial short introductionor reintroductionto the foremost practices of Jewish lifestyles in addition to the various complexities of the yankee Jewish adventure, this e-book may be crucial examining for American Jews and the correct present for the vacation season.
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Excellent restaurants and giant groceries overﬂow with high-quality foods of every sort, meat included. A new bus lane speeds the way for modern buses and sleek taxis, while most people drive cars—late model ones—and they tend to drive them recklessly. Everywhere, new roads, some with elaborate tunnels, have reduced driving times appreciably. The trip up from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem now takes less than an hour on a multilane highway, while Israel’s ﬁrst limited-access toll road has cut driving times to the north even further.
Qxd 44 | 6/17/08 10:48 AM Page 44 a time to every purpose Jerusalem, its population has ballooned to include six hundred and seventy-ﬁve thousand Jews, making it the third-largest Jewish community in the world, after Tel Aviv and New York. In place of the ugly boundary that once disﬁgured the very heart of the city, neighborhoods ﬁlled with beautiful houses stand proud. For all that is new and modern about Israel, its greatest allure, for me, is the country’s fascinating antiquity. Everywhere one looks, one sees sites mentioned in the Bible.
Even now, I know Christians who are persuaded that they have superseded the Jews as God’s chosen people, and Muslims who are no less certain that the true elect of God are Muslim. The British, for years, believed that they were the chosen people; so too did the French, the Germans, the Russians, the Afrikaners in South Africa, and even the Swedes. As for Americans, the idea that our country is “God’s new Israel” began with the Puritans and still ﬁnds many devoted adherents today. But that does not mean that chosenness and distinctiveness are bad ideas that Jews and others should abandon.
A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew by Jonathan D Sarna