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The Torah For Dummies Paperback – Jan 3 2008
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From the Back Cover
Understand Jewish celebrations, symbols, and observances
Discover how the Torah guides all aspects of human behavior
Jewish tradition teaches that hidden within the letters of the Torah is the wisdom of the universe. This plain-English guide to this profound collection of insight and guidance explains how the basic principles of the Five Books of Moses continuously apply to new situations as human history unfolds.
The Torah's view of God and God's message
The celebration of holy days in Torah time
Ways to follow Jewish customs according to the Torah
The different levels of Torah interpretation
Translations for studying the Torah
About the Author
Arthur Kurzweil is known as America's foremost Jewish genealogist. He is a teacher, a lecturer, and the author of several books including Kabbalah For Dummies.
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This is a wonderful introduction to, and overview of, the Torah.
i always wanted to learn about B'nei israel and their sacred text. it is unfair to call all B'nei israel: Jews or to call all Jews: B'nei israel. there is a huge distinction between both names that is lost on many people including scholars.
keeping your personal behavior in line with the Torah (chapter 9) and living by the word of the torah (chapter 10) are my favorite chapters. they attempt to summarize the gems of wisdom contained within the Torah.
i am currently seeking out a minyan of Jews who uphold the values delineated in the above two chapters plus chapter 8. when i find them, my family and I will:
1. invite them on a tour of Egypt so they can visit to my small village (Saila) in Egypt near El Fayoum, where the patriarchs Ephraim and Menasseh ben Israel are buried and where the Goan Saadia ben Yosef Al-Fayyumi dwelt and taught.
2. help them obtain the keys to the 12 closed and abandoned synagogues in Egypt and ask them to practice their faith openly and ask them to pray for the people of Egypt.
3. furthermore, my children and i will carry rocks, stones and mortar to help build bnei israel third temple, wherever they think it should be built.
4. i will explain Kiruv to my people and i will ask every Muslim i meet to practice Kiruv with every Jew they come in contact with (i.e. help secular jews become nearer to God and Torah).
my email is: email@example.com, if anyone would like to start a discussion regarding this email, please feel free.