Why Be Jewish?

David J. Wolpe

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"All beginnings require that you unlock new doors."--Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

In this short and inspiring text, Rabbi David J. Wolpe addresses all who seek to enlarge the spiritual side of their lives. For those considering a return to the faith of their forebears, for those drawn to conversion, Why Be Jewish? is a learned, graceful, and welcoming introduction beckoning readers into the heart of this venerable and enduring religion.

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Why Be Jewish?
1TO GROW IN SOULThe human soul is the candle of God.Proverbs 20:27The Secret and the MysteryInside each of us is a secret searching for a mystery. The secret we carry is uniquely our own. We can share it with others, but we never lose it, like the candle whose light kindles a new flame without being itself diminished. We can hide our secret, hoard it, damp it down until it is almost extinguished, but we cannot fully destroy it.The mystery is what to do with our secret. When we are young, the secret seems something both wonderful and trivial; we play at it, expand it, and dream

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"A sensitive portrait of Judaism for those who wish to know more about faith, religion, and spirituality."--The Dallas Morning News

"A clear and welcoming primer."--Booklist

"David Wolpe has written a touching, loving tone poem about Judaism, capturing the melody of its central ideas, the feeling and the experience of living as a Jew, the ethical challenge of seeing the world Jewishly and acting it out in life."--Rabbi Irving Greenberg

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David J. Wolpe

David J. Wolpe is widely known for his acclaimed books: Teaching Your Children About God, In Speech and In Silence, and The Healer of Shattered Hearts. Ordained in 1987, he is Assistant to the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Why Be Jewish?
David J. Wolpe

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 1995
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805039276
ISBN10: 0805039279
5 x 7 inches, 128 pages
$14.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 1995
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ISBN: 9781466828575
ISBN10: 1466828579
128 pages
$9.99
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