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Subject: Living "Biblically" ?
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 7:29 PM ET
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If you are not altogether serious about your religious faith, you will likely enjoy reading The Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs.  A copy of it is making the rounds in my family now (I'm the second to read it).  I'm learning quite a lot, actually, while enjoying Jacobs' bemused remarks as he reads the Bible, consults with his 'advisory panel', chats with a Jehovah's Witness, builds a Sukkoth hut in his apartment living room, attends an end-of-Sukkoth Hasidic unrestrained celebration, learns to blow a shofar to start each month, ponders the "rules' in the Pentateuch, and tries to appease his dubious wife about "living the Bible" for a calendar year, and so on.  Shalom, y'all . . . 

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 8:45 PM ET
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I have it on my WL!  Hopefully, those of us who are very serious about our religion but nonetheless have a sense of humor will like it too!!

;-)

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 8:52 AM ET
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I had heard of the book, but it's nice to hear how someone who actually read it liked it!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:04 PM ET
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He has a video on YouTube - about 17 minutes long where he talks about some of this.  I rarely watch anything that long, but this was very interesting. 

Tiny spoiler...

 

 

When his wife learned he couldn't sit in a chair a menstruating woman had sat on, she made a point of sitting on every seat in the house.  The video includes a photo of him with his own small chair that he had to buy.

Subject: Halfway through
Date Posted: 11/29/2008 7:24 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2008
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I kind of got bogged down.  I was hoping he would have some kind of warm/fuzzy or otherwise life changing experiance.  But instead of finding God, he seems to have found a rule book.  I thought living biblically would include more thinking/feeling and less doing.  The story of finding an adulterer to stone was hilarious though... even done with little rocks.

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 9:06 PM ET
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I thought it was a terrific book.  I felt he handled it all very respectfully. I am Orthodox and I was surprised to see how many laws he followed that many people have not even heard of. I even went and read his book "The know it all" afterwards to, since this book was so entertaining.

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 12:33 PM ET
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Oh Rachel, I'm glad to hear your take on it!  It's on my WL, but I've been nervous about whether I'd find it more disrespectful than funny.  I have a pretty good sense of humor about religion, but sometimes it wears thin, especially at this time of year!  So hearing good things from another religious Jew makes me look forward to reading it.  Not that it'll be anytime soon - judging by the WL, I'm guessing another year or so!

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 3:05 PM ET
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I know- I had it WL- but found it in the library instead.