Three Reasons Not To Read This Book
ACCORDING to Jewish tradition, people who wish to convert to Judaism must be rejected three times before beginning the conversion process. It wasn’t the recruiting department’s best campaign. But there's no denying the message: If you’re serious about this Jew thing, you can’t just kinda wanna; you have to totally wanna. In fact, your level of wanna must be such that you’ll take no for an answer not once but thrice.
Same basic idea with A Jew on Pluto.
If you’ve ever found yourself conflicted about, confounded by, or disconnected from Judaism—heck, any religion—then I think you’ll enjoy this book. While it follows the travels of one Earth Jew and his own, kooky tug-of-war with Judaism’s gravitational pull, my hope is that you’ll recognize your story, hear your big questions, and come away knowing that you’re far from alone in the universe. I do hope you’ll come along.
But maybe you shouldn’t.
A Jew on Pluto explores questions about Judaism—heck, religion in general—in ways that might make you uncomfortable. And not in the my abs will thank me later way. More the I’m deeply and inconsolably offended way. And that’s not good for anyone. Let’s avoid that.
To that end, I invite you to complete a brief, three-question quiz called “Three Reasons Not To Read This Book.” If you’re still here after three solid rejections, excellent. Put on your space socks and prepare to board the Plutonian Jew-rocket. If not, that’s OK. Really. I hope we can still be friends.
REASON #1 not to read this book:
A Jew on Pluto assumes that all religions are valid, with no one "correct" religion, and you’re not so into that.
Read the following statement:
If you agree with the statement above: People and books sometimes just grow apart, and that’s okay. I hope we can still be friends.
If you disagree with the statement above: Please proceed to #2.
There are an estimated 4,200 religions, spiritual traditions, and belief systems in the world today. Some people argue that each of these religions, spiritual traditions, and belief systems is valid. What those people don’t get is that my religion, spiritual tradition, or belief system is the correct one, and the other estimated 4,199 religions, spiritual traditions, and belief systems can pretty much suck it.
A Jew on Pluto assumes that all religions are valid, with no one religion superior to or more "right" than others, and you’re not so into that.
I AGREEThings probably won't work out between us, but better to know now before things get serious, right?
I DISAGREEOK—this is promising. Please proceed to #2.