I found this to be very lightweight from a writer I expected so much more from based on previous reading. The entries reminded me of daily calendars with their "word of the day" or "phrase of the day." The supportive text is sometimes a real stretch to tie to the moral or ethical concept of each entry. I feel I wasted my time here.
Sep 18, 2007
WHAT IS JUDAISM ALL ABOUT? A BEGINNERS GUIDE
Telushkin combs the Bible, the Talmud, and the whole spectrum of Judaism's sacred writings to give us a manual on how to lead a decent, kind, and honest life in a morally complicated world. "[F]or ethical teachings to carve a way into our hearts, we must study and practice them ... day after day after day," explains Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in the book's introduction. The book is structured as a daily guide to living, with scriptural lessons, meditations, and exercises covering topics ranging from "the first trait to look for in a spouse (Day 17)" to "how to change negative patterns of behavior (Day 150)." At the end of each week, Rabbi Telushkin provides a special Sabbath review of the prior six days' teachings, to ensure continuity among the book's many lessons. This simple, straightforward approach to religious and ethical teaching is an ancient and proven one.
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