What does it mean to be Jewish? Are there different ways of being Jewish? Can you be Jewish but not religious? In this friendly guide, 12-year-old Ruth explains the different ways a person can experience being Jewish, by introducing us to her family and friends.
Documenting the lived experience of being Jewish, the book contains diary entries covering festivals, rituals, ethics, and what a relationship with God entails, as well as more challenging topics such as Israel, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Providing an excellent starting point for discussion with children, it also includes a helpful list of recommended sources for further information.
About the Author
Howard Cooper is a Rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue in London and also a psychotherapist working from a psychoanalytic background.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very readable look at what it means to be Jewish both today and in terms of the religion's long history. The book is organized as a journal that a twelve-year-old Jewish girl, Ruth, shares with her close friend, Ayla, who is Muslim. There is some plot centered around Ruth's family to frame the narrative. This book is expansive and inclusive. It makes room for people with a strong belief in God and those who are more cultural Jews. There are descriptions of holidays, customs and values. Those who are Jewish can learn from this book as can those who are not. I found this to be an excellent, liberal take on the Jewish faith.