Author: Maurice Lamm
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 0827609582
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For most of us, mourning is something to be endured. We are often merely passive spectators of our own pain, and we see our grief period as a grim mountain that we must climb over. But Maurice Lamm tells us it can be much more. Bereavement, he says, can often be an enriching experience, even as it is a sorrowful and often tragic one. Our faith in a higher power can move us to not only live through the present but also to stride into the future with renewed energy and a revitalized outlook on life. In this, his sequel to the best-selling The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning (over 350,000 copies sold), Rabbi Lamm helps mourners not just get through their grief, but also grow through it. He gently steers mourners on the path that allows their sorrow to teach them important lessons about life. And he shows consolers how to listen and speak with their hearts so that they can provide real comfort to others. His marvelous insights on the days of shiva, the year of kaddish, and the lovingkindness of others reveal the richness and true purpose of Jewish mourning rituals and customs. They prepare us to receive consolation and ready us for the journey that will take us beyond grief. His "Words for a Loss When at a Loss for Words" is a treasury of readings for finding and giving comfort by transforming the spiritual ideas of an ancient faith into contemporary language. Here there are stories and fables that illuminate our complicated lives, meditations from the depths of human experience, and a gallery of unforgettable images that speak to our souls during times of loss. Rabbi Lamm's words will help all who walk the path of grief to find their way to consolation--and then beyond, to an appreciation of the blessings and opportunities that present themselves to us when we confront loss. And they can even take us further, to discover the celebrated Jewish art--of wringing blessing out of tragedy.

Juden und Worte

Author: Amos Oz
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3633734171
Format: PDF
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Juden und Worte bilden von jeher eine enge Verbindung. Amos Oz und seine Tochter Fania Oz-Salzberger, die als Historikerin lehrt, erkunden jüdische Wortwelten, Wörter, ihre alten wie neuen Bedeutungen, Auslegungen und Wandlungen, die 22 Buchstaben des hebräischen Alphabets. Kontinuität im Judentum war immer ans mündlich geäußerte und geschriebene Wort geknüpft, an ein ausuferndes Geflecht von Interpretationen, Debatten, Streitigkeiten. In der Synagoge wie in der Schule, vor allem aber zu Hause umspannte es zwei oder drei ins Gespräch vertiefte Generationen. Was Juden untereinander verbindet, sind Texte. Es ist mit Händen zu greifen, in welchem Sinne Abraham und Sara, Rabban Gamiel, Glückel von Hameln und zeitgenössische jüdische Autoren demselben Stammbaum angehören. Vater und Tochter zeigen anhand verschiedener Themen wie Kontinuität, Frauen, Zeitlosigkeit, Individualität quer durch die Zeiten, von der namenlosen, möglicherweise weiblichen Verfasserin des Hohenliedes bis zu den Talmudisten, Gelehrten und Künstlern die Verbindung von Juden und Wörtern. Sie zeigen, dass jüdische Tradition, auch jüdische Einzigartigkeit nicht von zentralen Orten, Erinnerungsstätten, heroischen Figuren oder Ritualen abhängt, sondern vielmehr von geschriebenen Worten, deren Auslegungen und Debatten zwischen den Generationen. Gelehrt, behände und humorvoll bietet »Juden und Worte« einen einzigartigen Streifzug durch die jüdische Geschichte und Kultur und lädt jeden Leser, jede Leserin zum Gespräch ein, zu Fragen, Einwänden, Entdeckungen in einem Buch.

American Jewish Year Book 2013

Author: Arnold Dashefsky
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 331901658X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book, in its 113th year, provides insight into major trends in the North American Jewish community, examining Jewish education, New York Jewry, national and Jewish communal affairs, and the US and world Jewish population. It also acts as an important resource with its lists of Jewish Institutions, Jewish periodicals, and academic resources as well as Jewish honorees, obituaries, and major recent events. It should prove useful to social scientists and historians of the American Jewish community, Jewish communal workers, and the press, among others. For more than a century, the American Jewish Year Book has remained and continues to serve, even in the Internet age, as the leading reference work on contemporary Jewish life. This year’s volume, with its special reports on Jewish education and the New York community and its updates on Jewish population statistics, Jewish institutions, and the major Jewish figures who passed in the year past, continues this splendid tradition. Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, Department of History, American University and Co-editor, Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives The 2013 volume of the American Jewish Year Book impressively demonstrates that Arnold Dashefsky and Ira Sheskin have restored this important resource in all its former glory. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles Having a current American Jewish Year Book on my shelf is like having a panel of experts on American Jewish life at the ready, prepared to give me thoughtful, accurate answers and observations on the key issues, trends and statistics that define our continental Jewish community today. Well into its second century, the American Jewish Year Book continues to be an essential resource for serious leaders, practitioners and students who seek to ground their work in solid research and up-to-date data. Jacob Solomon, Greater Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

The Jewish Book of Days

Author: Jill Hammer
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 9780827610132
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Throughout the ages, Jews have connected legends to particular days of the Hebrew calendar. Abraham's birth, the death of Rachel, and the creation of light are all tales that are linked to a specific day and season. The Jewish Book of Days invites readers to experience the connection between sacred story and nature's rhythms, through readings designed for each and every day of the year. These daily readings offer an opportunity to live in tune with the wisdom of the past while learning new truths about the times we live in today. Using the tree as its central metaphor, The Jewish Book of Days is divided into eight chapters of approximately forty-five days each. These sections represent the tree's stages of growth--seed, root, shoot, sap, bud, leaf, flower, and fruit--and also echo the natural cadences of each season. Each entry has three components: a biblical quote for the day; a midrash on the biblical quote or a Jewish tradition related to that day; and commentary relating the text to the cycles of the year. The author includes an introduction that analyzes the different months and seasons of the Hebrew calendar and explains the textual sources used throughout. Appendixes provide additional material for leap years, equinoxes, and solstices. A section on seasonal meditations offers a new way to approach the divine every day.

American Jewish Year

Author: David Singer
Publisher: VNR AG
ISBN: 9780874951264
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Library owns the volumes of the American Jewish Yearbook from 1899 - current.

The Jewish Book of Numbers

Author: Ronald H. Isaacs
Publisher: Jason Aronson
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Examines the ways in which numbers are used in the Bible and rabbinic writings, including sacred numbers and the numerical value of words

The Most Noted Jewish Book in the World

Author: Henry Einspruch
Publisher: Franklin Classics
ISBN: 9780343255299
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy

Author: Joseph R. Hacker
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 081220509X
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The rise of printing had major effects on culture and society in the early modern period, and the presence of this new technology—and the relatively rapid embrace of it among early modern Jews—certainly had an effect on many aspects of Jewish culture. One major change that print seems to have brought to the Jewish communities of Christian Europe, particularly in Italy, was greater interaction between Jews and Christians in the production and dissemination of books. Starting in the early sixteenth century, the locus of production for Jewish books in many places in Italy was in Christian-owned print shops, with Jews and Christians collaborating on the editorial and technical processes of book production. As this Jewish-Christian collaboration often took place under conditions of control by Christians (for example, the involvement of Christian typesetters and printers, expurgation and censorship of Hebrew texts, and state control of Hebrew printing), its study opens up an important set of questions about the role that Christians played in shaping Jewish culture. Presenting new research by an international group of scholars, this book represents a step toward a fuller understanding of Jewish book history. Individual essays focus on a range of issues related to the production and dissemination of Hebrew books as well as their audiences. Topics include the activities of scribes and printers, the creation of new types of literature and the transformation of canonical works in the era of print, the external and internal censorship of Hebrew books, and the reading interests of Jews. An introduction summarizes the state of scholarship in the field and offers an overview of the transition from manuscript to print in this period.

Jewish Arguments and Counterarguments

Author: Steven Bayme
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
ISBN: 9780881257380
Format: PDF, ePub
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Steven Bayme examines the challenges facing American Jewry, the Contemprary significance of Israel and Jewish peoplehood, and the claims of Jewish tradition in the modern world.