The book addresses provocative questions such as:
- Did the majority of Jews before Maimonides believe that God has a body?
- Why did Maimonides and many rabbis disparage women?
- Why did Maimonides extol intelligent non-Jews?
- Why don't Jews say a prayer before such activities as having sexual relations or giving charity?
- Why doesn't the Torah condemn the five suicides committed in its pages?
- Why were Jacob and David passive when their daughters were raped?
- Should rational Jews observe mystical Jewish practices and say mystical prayers?
This volume contains surprising facts, such as:
- Not all Jews believe that people have souls.
- Rabbis know that we do not possess the original Torah text.
- Rabbis suggest that Moses staff had unusual magical powers.
- Jewish judges do not adjudicate cases according to Torah law.
- Many rabbis recognize that the ten plagues were not miracles.
- The Torah records how innocent people are killed for the misdeeds of their ancestors.
- Dipping bread in salt is based on a superstitious fear of demons.