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  Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life
Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life
 
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Rabbi Edward Feinstein

Publisher: Jewish Lights

What your rabbi probably never told you-- about God, belief, the meaning of life, and more-- but could have, if you had only asked.

The art of asking good questions is a hallmark of Jewish spirituality. From a very early age, we teach our children to ask and we celebrate their questioning. But for young people, it often feels as if no one is willing to take their questions about spirituality seriously-- even the best-intentioned of adults can be dismissive, condescending, or even just unable to explain the hows and whys of their own beliefs.

This conversational, engaging book turns all that around. Wise but accessible, reverent but funny, Rabbi Edward Feinstein leaves no question unasked and no curiosity unaddressed. Tackling topics as diverse as whether the stories in the Bible are actually true, to how it's possible that bad things happen in the world, Tough Questions Jews Ask illuminates the wisdom of the Jewish tradition in a way that's informative, inspiring-- and fun.

-- Why should I believe in God?
-- What good is praying? Does God listen? Does God answer you?
-- Are the stories in the Bible true?
-- How can anyone believe in God after all the terrible things that happen to people?
-- What's life for? Is that a dumb question?
-- Why does religion need to have so many rules?
-- Why are there so many different religions? Aren't all religions the same?
-- How come in history everyone's out to get the Jews? Do we deserve this?
-- What happens to people after they die?
-- Why am I getting Bar Mitzvahed? What's a Bar/Bat Mitzvah anyway? Why can't I just have a party?
-- My mom says that when I get older, I have to marry someone Jewish. Why?
-- Why be Jewish?

Rabbi Edward Feinstein has been asnwering kids' and adults' spiritual questions for more than twenty years as a congregational rabbi, day school educator, and seminary instructor. He has taught all over the United States and Canada, opening up the spiritual wisdom of the Jewish tradition.

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