Why Be Jewish?: A Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Jewish Traditions and Values (Paperback)Richard D. Bank (author)
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Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 230 x 164 x 18 mm
For those intrigued by Judaism but unsure of their footing, Why Be Jewish? A Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Jewish Traditions and Values clears a path in the wilderness. Richard D. Bank takes curious readers step-by-step through the process, examining every possible facet of identity to provide nontraditional and unaffiliated Jews with all the ammunition they could possibly need. And though the subject may sound forbidding, Bank has written it with style and humor so that the work is always interesting and more often entertaining. Highly recommended! -- Robert Leiter, literary editor, Jewish Exponent
Richard D. Bank offers a refreshing antidote to the current spate of hand wringing about the future of American-Judaism: A positive, nonjudgmental vision of growth and change that disaffected Jews can swallow and even enjoy. Bank draws from a rich variety of sources to articulate his philosophy of 'Let a thousand Jewish flowers bloom,' supporting this concept with dozens of practical answers to the question, 'How to be Jewish?.' The author's enthusiasm shines through in his combination of good humor and earnest conviction evident on every page. Richard Bank is to disaffected Jews what Dr. Spock was to new mothers: A warm and friendly voice providing not only specific answers but also reassurance that everything will be all right.