Seasons of Our Joy

Author: Arthur I. Waskow
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807036112
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Circling the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Tisha B’Av, this lively, accessible guide includes rituals, recipes, songs, prayers, and suggestions for new approaches to holiday observance. “A wonderful blend of information and innovation that will help readers find both traditional and new meaning in the Jewish holidays.” —Judith Plaskow, author of Standing Again at Sinai

Stringing the Pearls

Author: James S. Diamond
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 0827610343
Format: PDF
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The "how-to" book for Torah study

The Jewish Way

Author: Irving Greenberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451644272
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Called “enriching” and “profoundly moving” by Elie Wiesel, The Jewish Way is a comprehensive and inspiring presentation of Judaism as revealed through its holy days. In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Irving Greenberg explains and interprets the origin, background, interconnections, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays, including Passover, Yom Kippur, Purim, Hanukkah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Israeli Independence Day. Giving detailed instructions for observance—the rituals, prayers, foods, and songs—he shows how celebrating the holy days of the Jewish calendar not only relives Jewish history but puts one in touch with the basic ideals of Judaism and the fundamental experience of life. Insightful, original, and engrossing, The Jewish Way is an essential volume that should be in every Jewish home, library, and synagogue.

Jewish Holidays

Author: Michael Strassfeld
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062116622
Format: PDF
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The coeditor of the enormously popular Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers understand more fully the meaning of our holidays and thereby to observe these festivals . . . with a greater devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler

Celebration and Renewal

Author: Rela M. Geffen
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 9780827605107
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Explains such life-cycle events as birth, marriage, midlife, sickness, religious conversion, and mourning as viewed, experienced, and treated from a Jewish perspective.

Torah Through Time

Author: Shai Cherry
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 0827609760
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"This book provides a highly readable, engaging introduction to Jewish biblical interpretation." - Jewish Book World "Cherry has analyzed the biblical commentary of some of the renowned Jewish scholars of the last 2,000 years. The result is a work of excellent scholarship and imagination." - Booklist ?Cherry shows how the Torah functions as literature that is fluid, compelling, and persistently generative of new meanings.? ? Christian Century Every commentator, from the classical rabbi to the modern-day scholar, has brought his or her own worldview, with all of its assumptions, to bear on the reading of holy text. This relationship between the text itself and the reader's interpretation is the subject of Torah Through Time. Shai Cherry traces the development of Jewish Bible commentary through three pivotal periods in Jewish history: the rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. The result is a fascinating and accessible guide to how some of the world's leading Jewish commentators read the Bible. Torah Through Time focuses on specific narrative sections of the Torah: the creation of humanity, the rivalry between Cain and Abel, Korah's rebellion, the claim of the daughters of Zelophechad, and legal matters concerning Hebrew slavery. Cherry closely examines several different commentaries for each of these source texts, and in so doing he analyzes how each commentator resolves questions raised by the texts and asks if and how the commentator's own historical frame of reference -- his own time and place -- contributes to the resolution. A chart at the end of each chapter provides a visual summary that helps the reader understand the many different elements at play.

Sisters at Sinai

Author: Jill Hammer
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 0827610203
Format: PDF
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In this marvelous anthology of 24 stories about women in the Bible, Rabbi Jill Hammer draws from the ancient tradition of Midrash -- creative interpretation that elaborates upon the sparse details of the biblical text -- and brings to life the inner world and experiences of these unforget-table characters. The stories reintroduce Lilith, Sarah, Leah, Miriam, and many other notable women of the Bible as the author weaves together the rabbinic legends and her own vivid imagination. Hammer's commentary includes a list of biblical texts and an explanation of how each story came to be written and why. Praised for its originality and expressiveness, this book gives biblical women the honor they deserve -- an honor due them as prophets, rulers, and teachers. Book jacket.

Life s Daily Blessings

Author: Kerry M. Olitzky
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580233961
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Drawing on the wisdom of Jewish sources, teachings, and ancient and contemporary spiritual thinkers, a daily devotional helps honor the special and holy events of the year as well as identify the sacred in the mundane moments of life. Original.

Change Renewal

Author: Adin Steinsaltz
Publisher: The Toby Press/KorenPub
ISBN: 1592643221
Format: PDF
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – renowned scholar, philosopher and spiritual guide – here reveals the essence of the Jewish calendar. With a unique combination of intellectual brilliance and accessibility, Rabbi Steinsaltz probes the meaning of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Hanukka, Purim, Pesah and the other Jewish holidays. His insights provide whole new ways of understanding the holidays, appreciating their depth, and experiencing them to their fullest: “Our festivals and holidays, remembrance days and special occasions, ensure that the paths of our lives do not remain merely dusty roads lacking meaningful points of distinction… These special days are the landmarks, signposts, and lights along the way…openings through which we may emerge from the stagnancy and rut of life's routine. They provide us with opportunities not only to celebrate and mourn, but also to renew and change ourselves…” Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – renowned scholar, philosopher and spiritual guide – here reveals the essence of the Jewish calendar. With a unique combination of intellectual brilliance and accessibility, Rabbi Steinsaltz probes the meaning of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Hanukka, Purim, Pesah and the other Jewish holidays. His insights provide whole new ways of understanding the holidays, appreciating their depth, and experiencing them to their fullest: “Our festivals and holidays, remembrance days and special occasions, ensure that the paths of our lives do not remain merely dusty roads lacking meaningful points of distinction… These special days are the landmarks, signposts, and lights along the way…openings through which we may emerge from the stagnancy and rut of life's routine. They provide us with opportunities not only to celebrate and mourn, but also to renew and change ourselves…”

The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations

Author: Ronald Tauber
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452139598
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From lighting the menorah on Chanukah to standing under the chuppah at a wedding, every Jewish ritual reflects a time-honored practice passed down for generations. This delightful ebook shares the beloved stories and traditions behind Jewish celebrations, from year-round holidays to once-in-a-lifetime special events. Featuring lush illustrations that capture the heart of Jewish tradition as well as a glossary of important terms for each holiday, this ebook is a treasure to be shared at any occasion—from bar and bat mitzvahs to Passover seders.