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ISBN: 1568210159
ISBN13: 978-1568210155
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Judaism
Author: Reuven P. Bulka
Language: English
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; First Printing edition (December 1, 1993)
Pages: 444 pages
ePUB size: 1452 kb
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Reuven P. Bulka (born 1944) is a rabbi, writer, broadcaster and activist in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He has been the Rabbi of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967. He is also the author of books such as What You Thought You Knew about Judaism: 341 Common Misconceptions about Jewish Life,Jewish Divorce Ethics: The Right Way to Say Goodbye,Judaism on Illness and Suffering,Torah Therapy: Reflections on the Weekly Sedra and Special Occasions,The Coming Cataclysm: The Orthodox-Reform Rift and the Future of the Jewish People, etc.

The book is arranged with first printing a "Misconception," and then stating Rabbi Bulka's "correction" of it.

Here are some quotations from the book:

"(I)t is always preferable to have the human touch rather than to study from inanimate paper. The fact that we have committed the (oral) tradition to writing is a lamentable reality of Jewish life." (Pg. 37)
"We do not assume that the dead feel nothing. Quite the contrary: we do not look upon the dead as having passed into another mode of existence, but it is existence nonetheless. We dare not insult the dead or mock the dead. Even an unintended mocking is forbidden." (Pg. 63)
"There are approximately six million Jews in America, and approximately six million consumers of kosher products... Unfortunately... Only one-quarter of those six million are Jewish. Astoundingly, the majority of kosher consumers in America are not Jewish; they are more likely to be Moslem... Seventh-Day Adventists, vegetarians, and health-oriented people are also part of this majority." (Pg. 141)
"Kol Nidray ... is not a prayer devoid of controversy... According to some, the major concern addressed by Kol Nidray was the forced commitment to another faith that many Jews were coerced into, on pain of death. This promise was renounced on Yom Kippur. But as for other promises, truth and justice must prevail." (Pg. 198)
"Recent attempts to escalate Hanukah into a national observance ... project the idea of Hanukah as a nationalistic expression. This is a distortion of Hanukah. Hanukah is the celebration of a theological deliverance; it is a religious festival. It is wrong for Jews to impose their religious observance on others." (Pg. 201)
"The only difference between a wife's adultery and a husband's adultery is that when a wife commits adultery, the breach cannot be repaired. When a husband commits adultery, it is within a wife's power to forgive." (Pg. 266)
elegant stranger
Pity you can't look inside this book. So as best I can paint a picture for you. This book is no 2 in a series. The top of each page is typed MISCONCEPTION: then states a common belief that isn't so true. Each answer is limited to that page often much less.