Exploring the development of traditional Jewish thought during its formative period, the book summarizes the major rabbinic comments from the vast expanse of the Talmud and midrashic literature, demonstrating, among other things, that the rabbis often took divergent positions on a given issue rather than agreeing on a single "party line." As it delves into such broad topics as God, the Torah, mitzvot, law and punishment, synagogue and prayer, and life-cycle events, "What the Rabbis Said" will help readers understand and appreciate the views of those who developed the rabbinic Judaism that persists to the present day.
-- The five books of Moses, Jewish law, history, and the important Jewish scholars
-- Information on Jewish life, the home and family unit, and what to expect at synagogue.
-- A guide to celebrating the Jewish Holy Days and the what the holidays entail.
-- Twenty frequently asked questions about Judaism, with quick answers.
-- Knowledge on how Christianity and Judaism are similar, yet different.