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Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life. Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need.

Rabbi Telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home.

©2008 Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (P)2017 Tantor

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Must have resource for Judaism

This is one of the greatest historical resources I seen on Judaism. It read just like a great novel with happiness sadness anger and love, and it is all true. My Love for Judaism is stronger and better informed than ever.

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From a grateful reader

Dear Rabbi,
I am so grateful for your magnificent work. My parents, both German Jews, and were congregants of Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg. Although I loved his thought-provoking sermons, I love your book as much or more.

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I Came to this Knowing Nothing!

I came to this audio book knowing I knew almost nothing about Judaism and was blown away. Absolutely thorough and well researched. Having listened to an audiobook about the Middle East right before this one I felt it was a little biased but it didn't get in the way of me learning more than I could have imagined! This answered countless questions I had such as why people hate the Jews, why Israel and the Middle East are always fighting, why they fast, why they're kosher, certain terminology I mean this guy covers everything. Jewish or non-Jewish you will learn something with this book and the narrator keeps the story alive, not a boring minute in the nearly 30 hours of material (After the bible chapters I suppose since most people will know that stuff)

Not even a month after finishing it I already was able to show off what I learned to friends and family! Though I may need to do another listen before I have some of those Hebrew words down but I would totally listen to this multiple times.

My only critique was that I almost wish the chapters were reversed, it starts with discussing the bible and then works its way up through history then focuses on aspects of Jewish life, beliefs, practices etc. A lot of the history was hard to understand until I got to the end when he actually explained the various laws and practices and why they believe them and why they died for them.

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One of the best books I have ever read about the history of the Jews

I have always been interested in the history of the Jews. Have read many books regarding the subject. This book puts it all in a concise manner. The footnotes are important for future references. It will be a book I will return to time and again. Plan to read more by this author. The narrator is excellent.

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So worth the time.

I own the hard copy but found I couldn't fine time to sit and digest. The audio book helped me complete it while driving back and forth to work. The performance is fantastic. and the book is a must read for Jews, and anyone who truly want to understand Judaism.

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Awesome Read

Loved it, filled with history and timeline is awesome. The timeline with the facts is just awesome. Glad I got it. Gave me a very good insight.

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