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Introducing My Faith and My Community

The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

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You can understand your Jewish friends and 
loved ones more fully. A hands-on guide to the most important questions.
Introducing My Faith and My Community  provides an introduction to both the basics and complexities of Judaism and Jewish life through the lens of an interfaith relationship. Rather than providing stock answers to questions about Jewish rituals or values, or giving a broad overview of Jewish history and theology, Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky addresses topics that will encourage understanding and stimulate discussion between you and your Jewish partner, relative, or friend. Topics include:
    • Beliefs, Religion, and the Place of God in the Jewish Faith
    • Study, Learning, and Charity as Core Values in Jewish Life
    • Food, Holidays, Humor, and Ethnicity as Part of Jewish Culture     • The Importance of Synagogue, Israel, and Community to American Jews

Publishers Weekly Review

May 31, 2004 – The premise of this welcome wagon for Christians with Jewish partners or relatives derives from the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger. In a personable, accessible manner, Olitzky, author and director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, explains the profound concepts that differentiate Judaism from other religions, from its diverse views of God and perspectives on resurrection to its holidays and food. The basic concepts he outlines can be a first step to sharing a "common language for family conversations, celebrations and ceremonies," creating a sense of comfort instead of alienation. The book is divided into four chapters that Olitzky describes as the cornerstones of Judaism: faith, values, culture and community. Because some Jews may identify only with one aspect of Judaism, non-Jews don't often understand why Jewishness remains critical to those who don't practice it faithfully, "probably the biggest disconnect about Judaism for non-Jews." He outlines the differences in observance among the denominations of Judaism and calls community both a powerful force of goodness as well as a potentially forbidding and difficult place to enter. "Next steps" for deeper understanding and a glossary round out the basics. Olitzky's inviting take on Judaism—especially its theological underpinnings– makes for engrossing reading.
Introducing My Faith and My Community
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  • $16.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Judaism
  • Published: May 01, 2004
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Seller: LongHill Partners, Inc
  • Print Length: 176 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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