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Question 12.18:
Where can a Gentile learn about Judaism?


A good place to start is Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin's The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 1981.

Because major questions about Judaism are answered in this and other similar books, gentiles who post "I'm just curious about why Jews reject my faith" will be assumed to be missionaries until proven otherwise. Too many missionaries have posted, pretending to ask objective, curious questions, only to end up preaching to the group.

Additional information may be found in the General Judaism Reading List, available at

The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.

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