Soc.Culture.Jewish Newsgroups

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Reading Lists


The S.C.J FAQ and Reading Lists were initially developed to support the readers of the USENET newsgroup soc.culture.jewish by providing answers to some commonly answered questions, as well as a set of reference reading. Since they were developed in 1993, the Internet has seen astounding change and growth. They now serve as a resource to the larger community, providing information about Judaism from all Jewish movements in a non-pejorative fashion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions is a collection of questions that are continually asked on soc.culture.jewish, with corresponding answers. It addresses a wide range of subject matter from Jewish Law and Tradition to Newsgroup Administration to Jewish Internet Resources. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements.


Reading Lists

The Reading Lists provide suggestions for books discussing various Jewish topics. While no book can substitute for a formal course of instruction guided by one's Rabbi, these books are useful as reference material for the knowledgeable, and as an introduction for the not-yet-knowledgeable about Judaism.


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