Drawing from both traditional and contemporary Jewish sources, this book explores Jewish life-cycle passages such as birth, bar/bat mitzvah, conversion, marriage, illness, and the end of life. Using profound insights, meditations and poetry on the events and rites that frame Jewish life, Rabbi Schulweis provides insight and a greater sense of the meaning behind these rites of passage. It is precisely these life-cycle events and the rituals that accompany them that help us connect to one another and to the Image of God within ourselves and others.
* Deals with the peaks and valleys of life * Uses prose and poetic meditations * Draws from both traditional and contemporary Jewish sources
Rabbi Harold Schulweis is known and respected as one of modern Judaism"s most significant and creative thinkers and authors. He is the senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA, and the founder of the Jewish Foundation of the Rescuers.
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Throughout his life, Harold Schulweis has dared to speak truths no one else would acknowledge. Now he confronts the twin enemies of meaningful ritual: riteless passages and passageless rites. His solution is the passionate and profound celebration of the sacred in this moving book of poems, prayers, and meditations that reconnects us with the Image of God and thereby helps us find each other in the sacred moments that matter.
Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York
This is a rich and exciting religious phenomenology of the different moments in a Jew"s life when he acts out the tradition"s symbolic drama. The rituals of birth, bar-mitzvot, weddings and burial are the shared symbolic language of the Jewish people.
Schulweis offers one of the profound understanding of the human significance of this drama and enables the individual Jew to feel connected to community not out of guilt, not out of respect for tradition, but out of a deep inner yearning for human fulfillment.
Rabbi David Hartman The Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
A splendid and luminous book! No one speaks to the mind and soul of the questing Jew as eloquently as Harold Schulweis.
Rabbi Harold Kushner, Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Jewish Journeys Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery
When the diagnosis of illness shatters the veneer of our normal, comfortable, predictable course of life, we are embittered and confused. "Why me?" is a question that reverberates uncontrollably in our heads. Cancer, especially, provokes such a response. With time, "Why me?" is replaced by, "What now?" Today, more and more people are surviving cancer. How do we keep going afterward? How do we maintain the connection to Judaism and God that we once had? Do we need to rethink everything we once unwaveringly believed in? This moving volume of essays written by rabbis, cantors, and other Jewish professionals who have all experienced cancer deal with these questions and many more. Their personal stories are interwoven with Jewish texts and teachings.
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The Haftarah Commentary is a comprehensive new translation of the weekly selections from the Prophets and Writings, complete with meticulously cantillated Hebrew text, commentary and translations, essays, gleanings from sources modern and ancient, notes, glossary, bibliography, and additional selections for use as alternatives to the traditional haftarot. To insure the accuracy and accessibility of the new volume, consulting editor S. David Sperling, a professor of Hebrew at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, reviewed the entire text and commentary.
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"Eminently useful."--Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.
Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our Minds
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg's new book Heads and Tales: Stories from the Sages to Enlighten our Minds brings age-old tales to life once more. Designed as an introduction to the art of reading rabbinic literature, Heads and Tales opens the door to the creative genius of the rabbis of long ago.
Using this carefully selected collection of stories, Heads and Tales will help instill a love of Jewish stories, while also helping students gain the skills needed to be critical readers of these traditional stories. In addition, these stories demonstrate that the issues that concerned our ancestors in past generations are similar or are the same as those that concern us today. The tales found in the book, while they may have been written in years gone by, remain most relevant.
Perfect introduction to traditional text study
Texts provided in both Hebrew and English
Discussion questions included
Insightful commentary on each story
Well-suited for high school or adult education classes