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The Torah For Dummies

The Torah For Dummies

Arthur Kurzweil

ISBN: 978-1-118-05183-2

Feb 2011

380 pages



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.


Part I: The Torah 101.

Chapter 1: Beginning with Torah Basics.

Chapter 2: Encountering God, the Ultimate Author.

Chapter 3: Examining the Treasures of the Torah.

Part II: One by One: The Books of the Torah.

Chapter 4: “In the Beginning”: The Book of Genesis.

Chapter 5: “These Are the Names”: The Book of Exodus.

Chapter 6: “And He Called”: The Book of Leviticus.

Chapter 7: “In the Wilderness”: The Book of Numbers.

Chapter 8: “Words”: The Book of Deuteronomy.

Part III: The Torah: An Operating Manual for Planet Earth.

Chapter 9: Keeping Your Personal Behavior in Line with the Torah.

Chapter 10: Living by the Word of the Torah in the Community.

Part IV: The Importance of the Torah in Judaism.

Chapter 11: Observing the Holy Days in Torah Time.

Chapter 12: Following Jewish Customs According to the Torah.

Chapter 13: Walking through the Torah Synagogue Service.

Chapter 14: The Final Commandment: Writing a Torah Scroll.

Chapter 15: Always Up for Discussion: Analyzing the Torah.

Chapter 16: Studying the Torah with Translations, Commentaries, and Other Resources.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: The Ten Commandments According to the Torah.

Chapter 18: Ten Frequently Misunderstood Quotes from the Torah.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Glossary of Torah Terms and Names.

Appendix B: The 248 Positive Commandments in the Torah.

Appendix C: The 365 Negative Commandments in the Torah.