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The JGuy's Guide

The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Who am I? How do I feel about myself? Do I seem cool? Do I fit in?

"At a bar mitzvah people talk about becoming a man in the Jewish religion, but what is that supposed to mean? For sure it means you are no longer a child, but you are also not yet an adult. Fortunately, there's no one official definition of manhood, just as there is no one official way of being Jewish. That’s where this book comes in."
—from the Preface

Courage, friends, stress, sex, God, identity—these are some of the things that concern teen guys. This book addresses those concerns—without preaching, judgment or criticism—to help you figure out what becoming a Jewish man means to you.

It presents surprising facts, interesting stories, ideas and actions taken by Jewish men today and all the way back to biblical times to show how they answered the same kinds of questions you’re asking yourself. It challenges stereotypes and myths, and offers different opinions, not only from old guys but from dozens of teenage Jewish guys just like you.

Like the Talmud, The JGuy’s Guide offers many perspectives and reflection questions to help you find your own truths.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 21, 2013 – "Judaism says boys become men at age thirteen, but we all know that is not really true nowadays," writes Meszler (A Man's Responsibility), a congregational rabbi and educator. This male counterpart to 2005's The JGirl's Guide (Reinharz was a co-author) examines male adolescent concerns and yearnings through multiple perspectives: a short think piece from Meszler; reflections from peers ("Teen Voices"); a passel of supposedly relevant factoids (perhaps the book's weakest element); anecdotes about male Jewish role models of all kinds (Howie Mandel, for example, had to overcome mysophobia fear of germs); thoughts from the Bible and other Jewish sources (the story of Dinah is evoked in a discussion of women as sex objects); and inspiring Hebrew texts. There's also space for prompted journaling ("Do you think prayer is important? Why or why not?") Teen boys are a tough crowd, and it would take a pretty extraordinary specimen to digest this book on his own. That said, its openhearted tone and willingness to wear its wisdom relatively lightly could make it an excellent tool for an individual or group exercise led by a trusted teacher. Ages 12-up.
The JGuy's Guide
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  • $16.99
  • Level: Grades 7-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Judaism
  • Published: Oct 17, 2013
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Seller: Ingram DV LLC
  • Print Length: 208 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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