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A Guide for the Religious Instruction of Jewish Youth   By: (1784-1855)

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In "A Guide for the Religious Instruction of Jewish Youth," Isaac Samuel Reggio adeptly presents a comprehensive and enlightening resource to aid in the religious education of young Jewish individuals. With his profound knowledge and deep understanding of Judaism, Reggio offers an invaluable guide that not only serves as an instructional manual but also instills a sense of purpose and connection to Jewish traditions.

The book is divided into carefully curated sections, each focusing on different aspects of religious instruction. Reggio lays a strong foundation by exploring the principles of Judaism, providing readers with a thorough understanding of its customs, beliefs, and practices. This comprehensive approach ensures that young readers develop a well-rounded understanding of their faith, empowering them to connect on a deeper level with their heritage.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in Reggio's clear and concise writing style, which makes complex religious concepts accessible to readers of all ages. He expertly presents profound ideas in a straightforward manner, allowing young readers to grasp fundamental principles without feeling overwhelmed. By utilizing relatable examples and practical advice, he encourages young Jews to apply these teachings to their daily lives, fostering a sense of spirituality that transcends the boundaries of age.

Furthermore, Reggio's emphasis on cultural and historical contexts enhances the educational experience. He skillfully weaves stories and parables from Jewish history, illustrating how ancient traditions remain relevant in the modern world. These anecdotes not only captivate young readers but also serve as powerful reminders of the enduring nature of Judaism and its values.

Additionally, the inclusion of comprehensive study questions and exercises at the end of each section facilitates engagement and reflection. Reggio's approach ensures that readers actively participate in their own education, stimulating critical thinking and prompting further exploration. These thought-provoking exercises offer an opportunity for personal growth and allow readers to deepen their understanding of the subject matter.

While "A Guide for the Religious Instruction of Jewish Youth" primarily targets young individuals, it also serves as an enlightening resource for parents, educators, and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Judaism. Reggio's meticulous research, combined with his heartfelt writing style, makes this guide an exceptional tool for fostering a strong Jewish identity and inspiring continued spiritual growth.

In conclusion, Isaac Samuel Reggio's "A Guide for the Religious Instruction of Jewish Youth" is a remarkable book that expertly blends religious teachings, historical context, and practical implementation. With its accessible language, thought-provoking exercises, and comprehensive approach, this guide acts as a compass, guiding Jewish youth on their spiritual journey. It serves as a testament to Reggio's dedication to preserving and transmitting Jewish traditions to future generations, ultimately ensuring the continuity of a rich and vibrant heritage.

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E text prepared by Chuck Greif


Proposed to Teachers by


Rabbi and Professor, Member of the Oriental and Leipsic, Halle, etc., etc., etc.

Translated from the Italian by M. H. Picciotto.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., Stationers' Hall Court. MDCCCLV.

London: Printed by J. Wertheimer and Co.


Notice by the Translator.

Author's Preface.



1. His existence. Cosmological argument.

2. First Cause, necessary, eternal.

3. Omnipotent, free, provident, omniscient, infallible.

4. All wise, good, pure, immutable.

5. God.

6. Psychological argument.

7. Moral argument.



8. His faculties.

9. His destination.

10. Intellect.

11. Reason.

12. Free will.

13. Immortal soul.

14. Double tendency.

15. Contrast.

16. Choice.

17. Conscience.

18. Feeling.



19. Idea of religion.

20. Necessity for man.

21. Faith.



22. Obstacles.

23. Tardy development of reason.

24. Ascendancy of sensuality.

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