The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on what matters most to us. It is also the time when we want to know more about our own Jewish selves. Because CJP wants to support you in this, CJP and have arranged to offer a free Kindle download of my book, "What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism," from October 13-15, 2014.

In the book, I offer a pluralistic guide to the diversity of Jewish beliefs. I explore the range of Jewish teachings from traditional to secular, from intellectual to spiritual, and provide a lively exploration of Jewish ideas and the Jewish search for meaning. I help readers reconnect with the spiritual tradition of Judaism and answer the question “Why be Jewish today?”

Rabbi David Wolpe has said about this book: “David Ariel has given us a clear and valuable guide to the convictions and vision of Judaism. Anyone who seeks to know what Judaism is really about will be in his debt.”

You can download the book for free from Monday to Wednesday, October 13, 2014, to October 15, 2014. To download it, go to and search for “What Do Jews Believe” by David Ariel, or simply click here. Then click on the Kindle edition of the book to order it. The book will be offered for $0.00. Click the purchase link and it will automatically be delivered to your device. That's all there is to it!

This is my way of wishing the Boston Jewish community a shanah tovah.

David Ariel is president of OnePeopleNet, which offers adult Jewish learning through live, interactive, high-definition videoconferencing over desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones and where everyone sees, hears and talks to each other in real time. For more information, go to Previously, he served as president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. He is author of four books, including "Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism." To learn more about David, go to He can be reached at