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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
Explains the origins, history, and significance of the Jewish holidays and describes new and traditional ways of celebrating them
Explains such life-cycle events as birth, marriage, midlife, sickness, religious conversion, and mourning as viewed, experienced, and treated from a Jewish perspective.
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
This book describes the most important events and people in Jewish history from Abraham to the present day, in a very concise, accessible way. These 'read-bites' include up-to-date essays discussing the impact of 9-11; the Iraq War, Muslim Fundamentalism, and rise of European anti-Semitism on the Jewish People.
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…”
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