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For Non-Jewish Readers

You'll probably find the texts listed elsewhere in this list may be a little too deep if you just want to learn what Judaism is. Consider the following instead:

Clorfene, Chaim and Yaakov Rogalsky. The Path of the Righteous Gentile. Smithfield, MI: Targum Press, 1987.
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Diamant, Anita; and Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life: A Guide for Starting, Learning, Celebrating, and Parenting. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY 10022. 1991. Hardback: Out of Print. Paperback: Reissued 1996, ISBN 0-062734-43-1. 352 pgs. [An introduction to liberal Judaism, or more precisely, the broad range of religious practices of non-Orthodox North American Jews]
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Einstein, Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. UAHC Press #142610. 1991. Reprinted 1998. 195 pp. ISBN 0-807404-34-9. [Non-Orthodox. Guide to Judaism that recognizes that study is only the first step to learning and living as a Jew.]
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Garfiel, Evelyn. Service of the Heart: a Guide to the Jewish Prayer Book. Jason Aronson, Northvale (NJ), October 1995, ISBN 1-568210-41-8.
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Isaacs, Ronald H. and Olitzky, Kerry M. The How-To Handbook for Jewish Living. K'tav, Hoboken NJ. 1993. ISBN 0-881252-94-8 (Hardback), 0-881252-90-5 (Paperback)
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Jablon, Shmuel. Jewish Answers. Unknown; 2000. Paperback: ISBN 0-595122-31-0.
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You should also explore The Jewish Almanac, The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, the excellent books by Donin (To Be A Jew, To Pray as a Jew) and the Jewish Catalog series. You'll find a discussion of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in the supplemental Antisemitism reading list.

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