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Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays

Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays Author Cantor Matt Axelrod
ISBN-10 9780765709905
Release 2013-12-24
Pages 214
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Recent years have seen an increased interest in Jewish life, its culture, and its celebrations. There are many new students of Judaism, often potential converts or members of interfaith families who are seeking to learn more about the religion and its rituals. Unfortunately, many of the existing texts that examine the Jewish holidays are written in a dry, unexciting way, making it difficult for the reader to retain much information. For those seeking to learn more about Jewish celebrations, Cantor Matt Axelrod has written Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder. Intended for the reader who has no prior knowledge about the Jewish holidays as well as the reader who knows the basics about the holidays but wants to understand the holidays on a deeper level, Axelrod’s book takes a humorous, light-hearted look at the 11 most important Jewish holidays. Instead of simply explaining that Jews are obligated to observe in a certain way because of a biblical text, Axelrod shows where each holiday, along with its rituals, came from in a historical context. He provides a humorous retelling of the biblical passages relating to the holiday, explorations of rituals associated with each holiday, and descriptions of traditional foods. Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays also features special sections labeled “In Depth” or “Perfect for Families” that expand upon elements of each holiday in ways that provide greater understanding of traditions or that invite the reader to get the rest of the family involved.

Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays Author Michael Strassfeld
ISBN-10 9780062116628
Release 2011-09-13
Pages 256
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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

The Book of Jewish Holidays

The Book of Jewish Holidays Author Ruth Kozodoy
ISBN-10 0874416299
Release 1997
Pages 192
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Discusses the significance and the customs of various Jewish holidays including Sukkot, Purim, and Yom Hashoah. Provides activities and crafts for each holiday.

The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations

The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations Author Ronald Tauber
ISBN-10 9781452139593
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 176
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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.

Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays Author Kerry M. Olitzky
ISBN-10 9781580233026
Release 2007
Pages 150
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Written especially for Christians, a comprehensive guide to the major Jewish holidays explores each holiday's historical development, basic information about the holiday's meaning, and the ways it is observed today. Original.

The Jewish Festivals

The Jewish Festivals Author Hayyim Schauss
ISBN-10 9780307817488
Release 2012-04-04
Pages 336
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Why is the Jewish New Year designated on the Jewish calendar as the first day of the seventh month, and not of the first month? Why do women cover their eyes when reciting the blessing over the Sabbath candles? How did the Seder originate? Does the Book of Esther, read on Purim, mirror any real historical events? Long considered a classic, The Jewish Festivals provides a rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have been used throughout history and around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewish folkways and customs, Hayyim Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them. Written with passion and warmth, this book will infuse your own experience of the holidays with extra meaning and delight. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Celebrate Author Lesli Koppelman Ross
ISBN-10 9781461627722
Release 2000-10-01
Pages 376
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This innovative how-to guide and reference book on the Jewish holidays provides a well-rounded foundation for both knowledge and action. Unlike many books of its kind, Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holidays Handbook is nondenominational and comprehensive in approach. The author includes the historical development, religious importance, and personal significance of each Jewish holy day in a way that is useful to both beginners and those well versed in Jewish practice. The richness and depth of Jewish tradition, with a full range of information on why and how to celebrate, is presented in a lively, warm, and user-friendly manner.

Seasons of Our Joy

Seasons of Our Joy Author Arthur I. Waskow
ISBN-10 0807036110
Release 1991-09-01
Pages 245
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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

An Introduction to Judaism

An Introduction to Judaism Author Nicholas de Lange
ISBN-10 0521466245
Release 2000-02-17
Pages 247
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This book is intended for students of religion and others who seek an introduction to Judaism.

The complete family guide to Jewish holidays

The complete family guide to Jewish holidays Author Dalia Hardof Renberg
ISBN-10 0915361094
Release 1985
Pages 255
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A good one-volume holiday kit for families looking for basic information and ideas for celebrating the holidays. in addition to the basic facts about the holiday, each chapter contains stories, songs, craft ideas, and recipes.

The Jewish Family Fun Book

The Jewish Family Fun Book Author Danielle Dardashti
ISBN-10 9781580233330
Release 2008
Pages 277
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This celebration of Jewish family life is the perfect guide for families wanting to put a new Jewish spin on holidays, holy days, and even the everyday. Full of activities, games, and history, it is sure to inspire parents, children, and extended family to connect with Judaism in fun, creative ways.

My Jewish Year

My Jewish Year Author Abigail Pogrebin
ISBN-10 9781941493212
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 336
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In the tradition of The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs and Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler comes Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year, a lively chronicle of the author’s journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance; she wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, some for thousands of years. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation, and writing about the milestones on the religious calendar. Whether in search of a roadmap for Jewish life or a challenging probe into the architecture of Jewish tradition, readers will be captivated, educated and inspired by Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.

Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens

Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens Author Silver
ISBN-10 9780827611214
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 375
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Linda Silver selected the titles that "represent the best in writing, illustration, reader appeal, and authentically Jewish content--in picture books, fiction and non-fiction, for readers ranging from early childhood through the high school years."--P. [4] of cover.

Surviving Your Bar Bat Mitzvah

Surviving Your Bar Bat Mitzvah Author Cantor Matt Axelrod
ISBN-10 9780765708885
Release 2012-08-16
Pages 208
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In Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Cantor Matt Axelrod provides a practical, humorous guide for Jewish students and their families as they prepare for their “big day.” Breezy and friendly yet reassuring and focused, Axelrod easily cuts through the fear and stress that teens often feel in the months leading up to their bar or bat mitzvah. In addition to helping the student prepare for the bar or bat mitzvah by walking the reader through the service and providing helpful study tips for learning a Torah and haftarah portion, Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah also helps both students and their families cope with the stressors associated with the planning of the celebration, addressing everything from teens’ fears about making mistakes to time management skills to dealing with family over/underinvolvement. Cantor Axelrod’s experience helping hundreds of teens prepare for their bnei mitzvah will help students and families not just survive but understand and enjoy this important Jewish milestone.

Kabbalah A Guide for the Perplexed

Kabbalah  A Guide for the Perplexed Author Pinchas Giller
ISBN-10 9781441150424
Release 2011-10-27
Pages 232
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Kabbalah: A Guide for the Perplexed is a concise and accessible introduction to the major elements of the prevalent metaphysical system of Judaism, Kabbalah. The book covers the historical and theoretical essence of Kabbalah, offering a clear definition of the term and the limitations of what Kabbalah is and is not. Pinchas Giller provides an overview of the history of the movement, reflecting the sweep of Jewish history as a whole, and examines its metaphysical system, the advanced mythos of early and later Luria, doctrines of the soul, and the mysteries of Jewish religious practice and law. The book concludes with a summary of the contemporary kabbalistic phenomena, particularly in light of the notoriety of some modern purveyors of Kabbalah. As cogent and objective as possible, this is the ideal companion for those wishing to gain a sound understanding of this often perplexing mystical aspect of Judaism.

The Seven Lights

The Seven Lights Author Josy Eisenberg
ISBN-10 IND:30000066154786
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 373
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"This volume is a book-length dialogue between the renowned Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Rabbi Josy Eisenberg on the subject of the Jewish Holy Days in light of the teachings of the great hasidic master, Rabbi Schneer Zalman of Lyady."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Common Prayers

Common Prayers Author Harvey Cox
ISBN-10 054741658X
Release 2002-11-12
Pages 320
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Harvey Cox, the eminent Christian theologian and scholar of religion, offers an intimate tour through the Jewish year certain to inform and enlighten Jews and non-Jews alike. As a member of an interfaith household, Cox has had ample opportunity to reflect upon the essence of Judaism and its complex relationship to Christianity. Organized around the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Yom ha-Atzmaíut, Common Prayers illuminates the meanings of Jewish holidays as well as traditions surrounding milestone events such as death and marriage. Describing in elegant, accessible language the holidays’ personal, historical, and spiritual significance and the lessons they offer us, Cox “is instructive and enlightening, revealing the depth and passion of his religious thought and practice” (Boston Herald). As seen through his eyes, the Jewish holidays offer a wellspring of discovery and reflection for every reader.