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Sharon Pace’s newest book, Judaism: A Brief Guide to Faith and Practice, is a sensitive and comprehensive introduction to Judaism. What is it like to be born into the Jewish community? How does belief in the One God and a universal morality shape the way in which Jews see the world? How does one find meaning in life and the courage to endure suffering? How does one mark joy and forge community ties?
By examining these details of Jewish life, readers can see how Jews have defined themselves and their relationship to the Almighty, how they have identified tools for a righteous and purposeful existence, and how they hope to make the world a dwelling place for God.
Judaism is an open-source religion continually shaped and reshaped by Jews across the millennia, and while there can be no single definitive expression of the faith, Sharon Pace's Judaism: A Brief Guide to Faith and Practice is a solid articulation of mainstream Judaism as most Jews encounter it. This book sets forth the essential teachings and practices of Judaism and will of benefit to Jews seeking to know more about their faith, and Christians seeking to know more about the faith of their Founder.
—Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Author of Mount and Mountain
Sharon Pace has written a positive presentation without polemics that is respectful and fair to all the diversity within modern American Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and secularist points of view. It is a must-read for seminary students, priests, women religious, religious educators, and all adult learners desiring a ready guide to Jewish faith and practice.
—Dr. Richard C. Lux
Professor Emeritus in Scripture Studies
Sacred Heart School of Theology
This book is an invitation you will want to accept. Sharon Pace’s concise introduction acquaints the reader with central tenets of Jewish faith and the practices that sustain it. The reader learns how these everyday practices, special ways of marking marriage, birth, and death, and the celebration of Shabbat and religious holidays participate in God’s creativity and help make the world a dwelling place for God. Judaism breathes reverence, optimism, and wisdom.
—Anathea E. Portier-Young
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Duke University Divinity School