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Introducing my faith and my community : the Jewish Outreach Institute guide for the Christian in a Jewish interfaith relationship
Olitzky, Kerry M.
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Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights Pub., [2004]

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xvi, 148 pages ; 23 cm
Faith: a constellation of deeply held beliefs -- The foundational values of Judaism -- Culture: various aspects of Jewish civilization -- Community: the bonds that bring people together.
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BM565 .O45 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved