This engaging and informative work presents a rational and thought provoking approach to the understanding of Judaism. It shows how people can use their intellect, live in the present, make personal and social progress and enjoy the goods of this world. This book addresses such questions as: ~What does God require of people? ~Does God really want us to have faith? ~How should we interpret the Bible? ~How do we deal with seemingly unreasonable midrashic tales? ~Does God want us to pray? ~Do Jews believe in angels and demons? ~Is sin a harmful emotion?