Belfast Rabbi Hopes to Educate with 'Beginner's Guide' to Judaism

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Belfast Rabbi Hopes to Educate with 'Beginner's Guide' to Judaism


Belfast Synagogue is launching a book about basic Judaism to help educate the many visitors that regularly tour their centre of worship.

The book -- Judaism, a brief outline -- is intended to give an overview of the Jewish religion and is written by Rabbi David Singer, who was born in Birmingham and spent some 30 years in Jerusalem before becoming rabbi of the Belfast Jewish community.

He told the News Letter: "This is a book about basic Judaism. At the synagogue we have a very diverse range of visitors, ranging from junior and senior school groups, students of theology and church and historical groups.

"Their aim is generally to see the synagogue or understand more about Judaism."

So the book was written to address the many questions such visitors regularly ask during their tours.

"I don't lead every tour, mainly when they are more theologically based, so the book will be useful for everyone taking part in such events."

Mr Singer said that he had not seen anything else that was particularly suitable for the purpose.

The book, which is 28 pages long, contains chapters on the definition of the Jewish faith, its monthly calendar, the Hebrew language, synagogues, Jewish prayer, Judaism in the home, objects and dress, rites of passage, signs and symbols, the different streams of Judaism, leadership and roles in Judaism and the role of women in Judaism. …

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