My People s Prayer Book  Kabbalat Shabbat  welcoming Shabbat in the synagogue  Book

My People s Prayer Book Kabbalat Shabbat welcoming Shabbat in the synagogue


  • Author : Lawrence A. Hoffman
  • Publisher : Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580231213

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My People s Prayer Book Kabbalat Shabbat welcoming Shabbat in the synagogue Excerpt :

Unique, fresh, honest translations, with notes comparing other translations. This volume of the My PeopleOs Prayer Book series explores the prayers that the Jewish community uses to welcome Shabbat together."

Tradition  Interpretation  and Change Book

Tradition Interpretation and Change


  • Author : Kenneth E. Berger
  • Publisher : ISD LLC
  • Release Date : 2019-03-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 442
  • ISBN 10 : 9780878201716

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Tradition Interpretation and Change Excerpt :

Minhag (custom) played a far greater and far more important role in medieval Ashkenazic society than in any other Jewish community. In upholding the authority of a custom, halakhic authorities frequently asserted that "custom prevails over halakhah." Furthermore, Ashkenazic authorities asserted that Ashkenazic custom is more authentic than the customs of other Jewish communities, including those of Sepharad (Spain). Given the importance attributed to minhag and the influence of the siddur commentaries of the circle of Hassidei Ashkenaz, which emphasize the precise formulation of liturgical texts, one might assume that Ashkenazic Jewry was committed to preserving ancestral custom and opposed to liturgical change. However, the reality is that the liturgy of Ashkenaz was never static. From a very early time, new liturgies and liturgical practices were incorporated into the service, the inclusion of various prayers was challenged, and variant readings of prayers became standard. Tradition, Interpretation, and Change focuses on developments in the Ashkenazic rite, the liturgical rite of most of central and eastern European Jewry, from the eleventh century through the seventeenth. Kenneth Berger argues that how a prayer or practice was understood, or the rationale for its recitation or performance, often had a profound effect on whether and when it was to be recited, as well as on the specific wording of the prayer. In some cases, the formulation of new interpretations served a conservative function, as when rabbinic authorities sought to find new, alternative explanations which would justify the continued performance of practices whose original rationale no longer applied. In other cases, new understandings of a liturgical practice led to changes in that practice, and even to the development of new liturgies expressive of those interpretations. In Tradition, Interpretation, and Change, Berger draws upon a wide body of primary sources, including classical rabbinic and geo

B chol L vavcha  With All Your Heart Book

B chol L vavcha With All Your Heart


  • Author : Rabbi Harvey J. Fields
  • Publisher : CCAR Press
  • Release Date : 2021-02-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN 10 : 9780881233438

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This extensively revised third edition, now compatible with Mishkan T'filah, offers many voices and unique, contemporary perspectives on our siddur, the order of the service, and the meaning of individual prayers. It reflects on the ways in which our prayer practices continue to evolve. This is an essential educational resource and is indispensable for bar/bat mitzvah and confirmation preparation, as well as for Introduction to Judaism courses and general adult education. "This timely and creative update of a timeless commentary will inspire a new generation of teachers and learners to explore their own expression of Jewish prayer. The rabbinic source materials, contemporary readings, poetry, and probing questions all come together in a seamless whole that serves to open the heart to ever deeper meaning and possibility in our sacred liturgy." - Rabbi Dr. Lisa Grant, Director of the Rabbinical Program, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York "As a young Jewish educator fresh out of graduate school, I turned to the original edition of this book to teach my b'nei mitzvah students. I have come back to it over the decades for the thoughtful commentary and context it has given me as a teacher and teacher of teachers. As the foreword notes, Rabbi Harvey Fields, a consummate gardener, understood the need to prune a vine to encourage new growth. This new edition showcases that new growth yet continues to provide both the ease and depth that have always made it a "go to" on my bookshelf. The updated explanations, references, and questions reflect Mishkan T'filah's fresh approach to prayer. In short, B'chol L'vavcha is a stunning tribute to Rabbi Fields as well as to those who have come after him to encourage our Movement's evolving relationship to worship. Every page I turned inspired a new idea for a lesson, activity, or wondering I could share with my b'nei mitzvah tutors, religious school students, families, and adult learners. And personally, it sparke

Why Jews Do what They Do Book

Why Jews Do what They Do


  • Author : Daniel Sperber
  • Publisher : KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 0881256048

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Why Jews Do what They Do Excerpt :

Explanations on the whys and wherefores of many Jewish customs.

Essential Judaism Book
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Essential Judaism


  • Author : George Robinson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 1439117527

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Essential Judaism Excerpt :

What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish? A landmark reference, here is an indispensable one-volume guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism -- everything you need to know about being Jewish. In Essential Judaism, George Robinson has created the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish roots as an adult. Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage, and lays out many fascinating aspects of Judaism -- the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more -- while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today's world.

Essential Judaism  Updated Edition Book

Essential Judaism Updated Edition


  • Author : George Robinson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-04-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501117756

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Essential Judaism Updated Edition Excerpt :

You’ll find everything you need to know about being Jewish in this indispensable, revised and updated guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism. What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish? With the first edition of Essential Judaism, George Robinson offered the world the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish identity as an adult. In his “ambitious and all-inclusive” (New York Times Book Review) guide, Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage and lays out many fascinating aspects of the religion—the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more—while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today’s world. Now, a decade and a half later, Robinson has updated this valuable introductory text with information on topics including denominational shifts, same-sex marriage, the intermarriage debate, transgender Jews, the growth of anti-Semitism, and the changing role of women in worship, along with many other hotly debated topics in the contemporary Jewish world and beyond. The perfect gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or anyone thinking about conversion—this is the ultimate companion for anyone interested in learning more about Judaism, the kind of book its readers will revisit over and over for years to come.

The Kabbalah Reader Book

The Kabbalah Reader


  • Author : Edward Hoffman
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2010-04-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 0834822474

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The Kabbalah Reader Excerpt :

This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought and features a variety of thinkers—from the renowned to the obscure—unavailable in any other volume. It’s a fresh take on an ancient tradition compiled by Edward Hoffman, a psychologist and respected scholar of Judaism, who reveals how this supposedly esoteric material is relevant to a host of contemporary concerns, such as ethics, emotional health, intuition and creativity, meditation, social relations and leadership, and higher states of consciousness. Contributors include: Moses Chaim Luzzatto, Moses Cordovero, Abraham Abulafia, Maimonides, Nachmanides, The Maharal, Nachman of Breslov, The Baal Shem Tov, The Gaon of Vilna, The Netziv, The Ben Ish Chai, Yehudah Ashlag, Kalonymus Shapira, Baba Sali, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, Adin Steinsaltz, Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Jonathan Sacks, and many others, along with excerpts from the Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer HaBahir, and Sefer HaZohar.

The Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible Book

The Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible


  • Author : Samuel E. Balentine
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190222116

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The Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible Excerpt :

"The conceit in the title of this volume is that ritual, however expansively it may be defined, is ineluctably tethered to religion and worship. It has a primal connection to the idea that a transcendent order - numinous and mysterious, supranatural and elusive, divine and wholly other - gives meaning and purpose to life. The construction of rites and rituals enables humans to conceive and apprehend this transcendent order, to symbolize it and interact with it, to postulate its truths in the face of contradicting realities and to repair them when they have been breached or diminished. The focus of this Handbook is on ritual and worship from the perspective of biblical studies, particularly on the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern antecedents. Within this context, attention will be given to the development of ideas in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thinking, but only insofar as they connect with or extend the trajectory of biblical precedents. The volume reflects a wide range of analytical approaches to ancient texts, inscriptions, iconography, and ritual artifacts. It examines the social history and cultural knowledge encoded in rituals, and explores the way rituals shape and are shaped by politics, economics, ethical imperatives, and religion itself. Toward this end, the volume is organized into six major sections: Historical Contexts, Interpretive Approaches, Ritual Elements (participants, places, times, objects, practices), Underlying Cultural and Theological Perspectives, History of Interpretation, Social-Cultural Functions, and Theology and Theological Heritage"--

Encyclopedia of Judaism Book

Encyclopedia of Judaism


  • Author : Sara E. Karesh
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 641
  • ISBN 10 : 9780816069828

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Encyclopedia of Judaism Excerpt :

An illustrated A to Z reference containing over 800 entries providing information on the theology, people, historical events, institutions and movements related to the religion of Judaism.

To Pray as a Jew Book
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To Pray as a Jew


  • Author : Hayim H. Donin
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2019-08-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541618169

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To Pray as a Jew Excerpt :

A distinguished guide to Jewish prayer Why do Jews pray? What is the role of prayer in their lives as moral and ethical beings? From the simplest details of how to comport oneself on entering a synagogue to the most profound and moving comments on the prayers themselves, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin guides readers of To Pray as a Jew through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy, passage by passage, ritual by ritual, in this handsome and indispensable guide to Jewish prayer. Unexcelled for beginners as well as the religiously observant, To Pray as a Jew is intended to show the way, to enlighten, and hopefully to inspire.

Teaching Tefilah Book

Teaching Tefilah


  • Author : Behrman House
  • Publisher : Behrman House, Inc
  • Release Date : 2005-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 199
  • ISBN 10 : 0867050861

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Teaching Tefilah Excerpt :

Parts I through IV of Teaching Tefilah contain fifteen chapters, each dealing with a section of the worship service or a topic related to prayer. Part V, new in this expanded revised edition, contains six new essays reflecting on recent trends in Jewish worship.

Basic Judaism for Young People Book

Basic Judaism for Young People


  • Author : Naomi Pasachoff
  • Publisher : Behrman House, Inc
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 0874414253

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Basic Judaism for Young People Excerpt :

Through enjoyable stories from the Torah, this book helps young people learn about Jewish tradition and what it means to be Jewish.

An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual Book

An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual


  • Author : Kerry M. Olitzky
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0313308144

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An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual Excerpt :

Provides historical background and explains the meaning of rituals in the American Jewish community.

The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book  2 Vols  Book

The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book 2 Vols


  • Author : Marvin J. Heller
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2010-10-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 1556
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004186385

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The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book covers the gamut of Hebrew literature in that century. Each entry has a descriptive text page and an accompaning reproduction. There is an extensive introduction with an overview of Hebrew printing in the seventeenth century.

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  • Author : Ronald H. Isaacs
  • Publisher : KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN 10 : 088125956X

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