Studying Another Culture: Judaism

I’m interested in studying the religion but I don’t know from where to start.

Sarah Bowman
Sarah Bowman, Writer & Researcher, volunteer at Atheist Secular Humanism

I can think of several ways.

  • Go to your public library and ask the librarian to show you the section on Jewish studies and/or culture.
  • Look up Talmud and/or Jewish literature on Google to become familiar with sacred Jewish texts.
  • Visit a local synagogue and get to know Jewish people.

There is probably no right place to start studying a people. It’s always a huge, multifaceted project to get to know a people along with their history, religion, culture, and diaspora (where all of them are scattered today as well as the history, geography, and culture resulting from that). Having a goal as to what you want to learn and why, i.e. you motive for studying Judaism, may help direct your studies. Of course, if you can do it, taking a course at your local college would give you a formally organized approach.

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