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

My People s Prayer Book  Kabbalat Shabbat  welcoming Shabbat in the synagogue
Author: Lawrence A. Hoffman
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 1580231217
ISBN 13: 9781580231213
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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

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

Tradition  Interpretation  and Change
Author: Kenneth E. Berger
Publsiher: ISD LLC
Total Pages: 442
Release: 2019-03-15
ISBN 10: 0878201718
ISBN 13: 9780878201716
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tradition Interpretation and Change Book Review:

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 geonic works, liturgical documents found in the Cairo genizah, medieval codes, responsa, and siddur commentaries, minhag books, medieval siddur manuscripts, and early printed siddurim, as well as a wealth of secondary sources, to provide the reader with an in-depth account of the history and history of interpretation of many familiar and not-so-familiar prayers and liturgical practices. While emphasizing the role that the interpretation ascribed to various prayers and practices had in shaping the liturgy of medieval and early modern Ashkenaz, Berger illustrates the degree to which Sephardic and kabbalistic influences, concern for the fate of the dead, the fear of demons, and the desire for healing and divine protection from a variety of dangers shaped both liturgical practice and the way in which those practices were understood.

Essential Judaism Updated Edition

Essential Judaism  Updated Edition
Author: George Robinson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2016-04-12
ISBN 10: 1501117750
ISBN 13: 9781501117756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Essential Judaism Updated Edition Book Review:

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.

B chol L vavcha With All Your Heart

B chol L vavcha  With All Your Heart
Author: Rabbi Harvey J. Fields,Rabbi Hilly Habor,Cantor Sarah Grabiner,Rabbi Sonja Pilz, Phd
Publsiher: CCAR Press
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2021-02-05
ISBN 10: 0881233439
ISBN 13: 9780881233438
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

B chol L vavcha With All Your Heart Book Review:

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 sparked a renewal of my own belief in the power of prayer to come from my heart and to fill all of my heart." - Dr. Katherine Schwartz, President, Association of Reform Jewish Educators

Why Jews Do what They Do

Why Jews Do what They Do
Author: Daniel Sperber
Publsiher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Total Pages: 225
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780881256048
ISBN 13: 0881256048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Jews Do what They Do Book Review:

Explanations on the whys and wherefores of many Jewish customs.

The Kabbalah Reader

The Kabbalah Reader
Author: Edward Hoffman
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010-04-13
ISBN 10: 9780834822474
ISBN 13: 0834822474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Kabbalah Reader Book Review:

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

The Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Samuel E. Balentine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0190222115
ISBN 13: 9780190222116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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

"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

Encyclopedia of Judaism
Author: Sara E. Karesh,Mitchell M. Hurvitz
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 641
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 0816069824
ISBN 13: 9780816069828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Judaism Book Review:

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

To Pray as a Jew
Author: Hayim H. Donin
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2019-08-13
ISBN 10: 1541618165
ISBN 13: 9781541618169
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Pray as a Jew Book Review:

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

Teaching Tefilah
Author: Behrman House,Bruce Kadden,Barbara Binder Kadden
Publsiher: Behrman House, Inc
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2005-06
ISBN 10: 9780867050868
ISBN 13: 0867050861
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching Tefilah Book Review:

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

Basic Judaism for Young People
Author: Naomi Pasachoff,Behrman House
Publsiher: Behrman House, Inc
Total Pages: 150
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 9780874414257
ISBN 13: 0874414253
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Basic Judaism for Young People Book Review:

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

An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual
Author: Kerry M. Olitzky,Marc Lee Raphael,Marc Raphael
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780313308147
ISBN 13: 0313308144
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual Book Review:

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

The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book 2 Vols

The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book  2 Vols
Author: Marvin J. Heller
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 1556
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN 10: 9004186387
ISBN 13: 9789004186385
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book 2 Vols Book Review:

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.

Author: Ronald H. Isaacs
Publsiher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Total Pages: 127
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780881259568
ISBN 13: 088125956X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Spirituality of Welcoming

The Spirituality of Welcoming
Author: Ron Wolfson
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 1580232442
ISBN 13: 9781580232449
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spirituality of Welcoming Book Review:

Synagogues should be effective and relevant centers of Jewish life but too often the focus is on programs not people, on revenue not relationships. The end result is frequently a corporate atmosphere where membership lacks commitment, core leadership and spiritual fulfillment. In this empowering, practical guide, Dr. Ron Wolfson shows you how to transform your synagogue congregation into a sacred community by focusing on strategies for successful change. Using a case-study format for creating an inviting spiritual center, Wolfson defines the welcoming congregation and the fundamental materials that are involved in building one. He addresses the services a welcoming congregation should provide, the themes the congregation should focus on, and the standards that a vital spiritual community should uphold. Tapping into his experiences as co-developer of Synagogue 2000, the transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century, Wolfson also provides essential problem-solving tools that you can use to alleviate roadblocks along the way.

The Myth of the Cultural Jew

The Myth of the Cultural Jew
Author: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-01-22
ISBN 10: 0190238097
ISBN 13: 9780190238094
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Myth of the Cultural Jew Book Review:

A myth exists that Jews can embrace the cultural components of Judaism without appreciating the legal aspects of the Jewish tradition. This myth suggests that law and culture are independent of one another. In reality, however, much of Jewish culture has a basis in Jewish law. Similarly, Jewish law produces Jewish culture. A cultural analysis paradigm provides a useful way of understanding the Jewish tradition as the product of both legal precepts and cultural elements. This paradigm sees law and culture as inextricably intertwined and historically specific. This perspective also emphasizes the human element of law's composition and the role of existing power dynamics in shaping Jewish law. In light of this inevitable intersection between culture and law, The Myth of the Cultural Jew: Culture and Law in Jewish Tradition argues that Jewish culture is shallow unless it is grounded in Jewish law. Roberta Rosenthal Kwall develops and applies a cultural analysis paradigm to the Jewish tradition that departs from the understanding of Jewish law solely as the embodiment of Divine command. Her paradigm explains why both law and culture must matter to those interested in forging meaningful Jewish identity and transmitting the tradition.

These Are the Words

These Are the Words
Author: Rabbi Arthur Green Phd,Arthur Green
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1580234941
ISBN 13: 9781580234948
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

These Are the Words Book Review:

Judaism itself is a language, a group's way of expressing beliefs, longings, aspirations and dreams. The vocabulary of Jewish life is the framework that Jews use to hand their past down to their children. It is, also, the vocabulary that people of other faiths need to know to understand Judaism and Jewish life. In this revised edition of the ultimate Jewish primer, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time takes readers on a historical and spiritual journey through Judaism.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat
Author: Debra Band,Raymond P. Scheindlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 9780985799649
ISBN 13: 0985799641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kabbalat Shabbat Book Review:

As Sabbath arrives on Friday evening, Jewish tradition exults in the completion of Creation. Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification offers vivid new Hebrew and English illuminated paintings, translations and commentary on the full Friday evening liturgy and customs, flowing in traditional Hebrew order. With imagery drawn from Kabbalah, midrash, the sciences and archeology, the book celebrates the spiritual glory of Creation and the wonder of its physical embodiment as we now see it through the lens of modern science. An inspirational source for prayer, study and visual pleasure, a glowing and unforgettable gift.

The Hebrew Letters

The Hebrew Letters
Author: Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
Publsiher: GalEinai Publication Society
Total Pages: 501
Release: 1990
ISBN 10: 9789657146071
ISBN 13: 9657146070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hebrew Letters Book Review:

Sefer Yetzirah (the "Book of Creation"), one of the earliest Kabbalistic works, teaches that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of creation. Each letter has its own significance, spiritual energy, and reason for existing. In this revised version of Rabbi Ginsburgh's best-selling The Alef-Beit, Jewish Thought Revealed Through the Hebrew Letters, he explains how each letter's name, form, and numerical value play a role in the creative process of the cosmos. He draws on the understandings of the well-known mystic, the Baal Shem Tov, in depicting how each letter has nine dimensions, with impact in three worlds--the physical, spiritual, and Divine. In every letter there is the true completion of the soul, a chance to unite consciousness with the code of creation. Includes glossary, footnotes, and index.

The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education

The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education
Author: Zvi Bekerman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2016-01-07
ISBN 10: 0199336539
ISBN 13: 9780199336531
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education Book Review:

The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education presents the results of a long-term ethnographic study of the integrated bilingual Palestinian-Jewish schools in Israel that offer a new educational option to two groups of Israelis--Palestinians and Jews--who have been in conflict for the last one hundred years. Their goal is to create egalitarian bilingual multicultural environments to facilitate the growth of youth who can acknowledge and respect "others" while maintaining loyalty to their respective cultural traditions. In this book, Bekerman reveals the complex school practices implemented while negotiating identity and culture in contexts of enduring conflict. Data gathered from interviews with teachers, students, parents, and state officials are presented and analyzed to explore the potential and limitations of peace education given the cultural resources, ethnic-religious affiliations, political beliefs, and historical narratives of the various interactants. The book concludes with critique of Western positivist paradigmatic perspectives that currently guide peace education, maintaining that one of the primary weaknesses of current bilingual and multicultural approaches to peace education is their failure to account for the primacy of the political framework of the nation state and the psychologized educational perspectives that guide their educational work. Change, it is argued, will only occur after these perspectives are abandoned, which entails critically reviewing present understandings of the individual, of identity and culture, and of the learning process.