What it means to be Jewish

Author : Ina Abrams

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Age Group :Adults
Several years ago, when Ina Abrams began what she calls ´´a renewal of my life as a Jew,´´ she began wondering how practicing Jews saw the world. She collected the most compelling answers to that question in the anthology What It Means to Be Jewish: The Voices of Our Heritage. The volume--a grab bag of quotations from scripture, rabbinic tradition, pop culture, politics, literature, and poetry--is arranged thematically, including chapters pondering the topics of covenant and identity, Jewish holidays and culture, Jewish immigrants to America, the Holocaust, and prayer. Most of Abrams´s selections are ´´first-person writings´´: a young writer´s memories of his first Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn, for instance, or a child´s poem describing the ´´last butterfly´´ that flies over the wall of the ghetto at Theresienstadt. A strikingly large number of the contemporary writers included here are women, including Cynthia Ozick and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What It Means to Be Jewish collects Judaica´s greatest thoughts, in a format that´s easy to read and hard to put down. --Michael Joseph Gross

Several years ago, when Ina Abrams began what she calls ´´a renewal of my life as a Jew,´´ she began wondering how practicing Jews saw the world. She collected the most compelling answers to that question in the anthology What It Means to Be Jewish: The Voices of Our Heritage. The volume--a grab bag of quotations from scripture, rabbinic tradition, pop culture, politics, literature, and poetry--is arranged thematically, including chapters pondering the topics of covenant and identity, Jewish holidays and culture, Jewish immigrants to America, the Holocaust, and prayer. Most of Abrams´s selections are ´´first-person writings´´: a young writer´s memories of his first Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn, for instance, or a child´s poem describing the ´´last butterfly´´ that flies over the wall of the ghetto at Theresienstadt. A strikingly large number of the contemporary writers included here are women, including Cynthia Ozick and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What It Means to Be Jewish collects Judaica´s greatest thoughts, in a format that´s easy to read and hard to put down. --Michael Joseph Gross

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