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Author: Rabbi Paul Steinberg,Janet Greenstein Potter
ISBN: 082760842X
Subcategory: Humanities
Pages 220 pages
Publisher The Jewish Publication Society; 1 edition (July 2, 2007)
Language English
Category: Other
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eBook Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot download

by Rabbi Paul Steinberg,Janet Greenstein Potter


Rabbi Paul Steinberg an associate rabbi and educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Los Angeles. Rabbi Steinberg holds masters degrees in both education and rabbinic studies and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2004.

Steinberg, a rabbi and educator, calls the Jewish holidays fundamental expressions of our spirituality. This first of three volumes explores Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In Judaism's holistic approach, he says, spirituality encompasses the interaction of a person's intellectual, emotional and physical aspects, so the holidays tie us to history, the earth, the Jewish people and God.

JPS's new holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons.

A comprehensive introduction to the history, theology, literature and ritual of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The layout is also very attractive and engaging. Best of all is the large collection of quotes, excerpts and essays by a variety of biblical, medieval and modern Jewish rabbis, thinkers and theologians.

Paul Steinberg, Janet Greenstein Potter. Named a 2007 National Jewish Book Award Runner-Up in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. JPS's holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal connections to each holiday and our home observance.

250 pages, softcover. Jewish Publication Society

250 pages, softcover. Jewish Publication Society. Publisher Description. ▲. JPS's new holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons.

JPS's holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons.

The Spring and Summer Holidays: Passover, Shavuot, The Omer, and Tisha b'av will follow in 2008. Learn the origins of a holiday, gain deeper insight into the season's themes, and discover new ways to celebrate.

Named a 2007 National Jewish Book Award Runner-Up in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.

JPS’s holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons. Blending the old and the new, they ground us in the origins and traditions of each holiday and open up to us ways we can add our own expression to these special days. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal connections to each holiday and our home observance.

As we move from season to season, Paul Steinberg shares with us a rich collection of readings from many of the Jewish greats—Maimonides, Rashi, Nachmanides, Shlomo Carlebach, Marge Piercy, Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green, and others—and he guides us in discovering for ourselves the many treasures within each text. The readings teach us about the history of each holiday, as well as its theological, ethical, agricultural, and seasonal importance and interpretation; others give us inspiration and much food for thought. These stories, essays, poems, anecdotes, and rituals help us discover how deeply Jewish traditions are rooted in nature’s yearly cycle, and how beautifully season and spirit are woven together throughout the Jewish year.

Jusari
Born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother in the late 1960's, my parents decided they would let their kids discover spirituality and religion without any indoctrination from them. The traditional Jewish holiday experience is something I only brushed up against, rather than was immersed in. Reading this book, I get the impression that it is written by an author who is completely "jazzed" to be writing about what he is writing about. The author's enthusiasm for and interest in the subject matter of the book, was downright contagious. Not a dry read in the least. And as a Jew by genetic heritage and not by immersion in the Jewish religious experience, I greatly appreciate the author's work to offer his insights into the soul and substance of each holiday. Very meaningful for me.
SmEsH
The reason for the sacredness of this time for the Jews, how vulnerable they are at this time, but how God protects them from all other gods, followers of these gods. Yet God loves them.
Irostamore
I ordered this book before the Jewish high holidays and was very glad to have it with me during services and at home throughout the Jewish holiday season. Each of the holidays discussed in the book (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot) has a very interesting section explaining not only customs of celebrating the holiday, but the rationales behind the customs. There is a lot in these pages that would appeal to a well-educated Jew, but I think it would also provide a great introduction to someone who is not Jewish or less familiar with the holidays.

To me, though, what is distinctly best about this book is the excellent anthology of readings. The readings are divided into categories that include the sources of the holidays and customs (with introductions and/or commentaries to help clarify the source), interpretations of Jewish holiday texts (with a very thoughtful "make it personal" reflection after each text), plus a hugely meaningful and unique section of modern-day "meditations" of essays, poems, and other writings by the author and a wide selection of well-known, contemporary Jewish thinkers.

I think this was an excellent addition to my library, and I know that anyone else who might pick it up from my bookshelf will also find many spiritually elevating and intellectually stimulating thoughts pouring out of it. There is a lot of wonderful material packed into this volume, and I'm looking forward to reading the other volumes when their holidays come around this year--not to mention exploring more of the readings from this book next year.
Aloo
This book is fabulous! It breaks down the holidays, discusses history as well as ritual.
Great for someone who didn't have tremendous education growing up or for those explaining to non-Jews or children.
Anayajurus
I work in a Protestant Church Library, and am always looking to improve our religious book collection. This includes finding appropriate books of other faiths. I found the one on the Jewish holidays to be very good in explanation and description of them. Very interesting and informative.