The Torah For Dummies® by Arthur Kirzweil [REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

An easy-to-understand introduction to Judaism’s most sacred text

The foundation of Hebrew and Jewish religion, thought, law, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the text of the Five Books of Moses that is located in every synagogue. This accessible guide explains the Torah in clear language, even to those who were not raised in the Jewish religious tradition. Christians who want to know more about the Jewish roots of Christianity need to understand the Torah, as do followers of Islamic tradition and those interested in the roots of Abrahamic faiths. The Torah For Dummies explains the history of the Torah, its structure and major principles, and how the Torah affects the daily lives of people who follow the Jewish way of life.

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.

Discover:

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

From the Inside Flap
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.

Discover:

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

REVIEW

It has became quite clear to me that God wants me to spend a considerable amount of time in the Old Testament this year; specifically in the Pentateuch (or Torah). Therefore I thought it prudent to get the Jewish perspective of the same.

This is the first “For Dummies” book I have ever read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The book is formated so that it can be read straight through or be used as a reference book. I’m sure that it will be very useful as I work through the Torah in 2022.

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