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Jewish Ritual

Jewish Ritual

A Brief Introduction for Christiansby Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky and Rabbi Daniel Judson A window into the meaning of Jewish rituals throughout history and today — written especially for Christians.Ritual moments and opportunities guide the daily life of practicing Jews. These spiritual practices give expression to Jewish identity and reflect Judaisms core beliefs and values. […]

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Jewish Wisdom

The Essential Teachings and How They Have Shaped the Jewish Religion, Its People, Culture, and Historyby Rabbi Joseph Telushkin From the author of Jewish Literacy, now comes Jewish Wisdom, which illuminates every aspect of human life with perfectly chosen passages from the great Jewish writings, both ancient and modern. What distinguishes this book from previously […]

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On Being a Jew

by James Kugel What should a Jew consider before marrying a non-Jew? What should a Jew know about Hebrew? What does it mean to keep the Sabbath? In the Medieval period, young Jews found answers to their most pressing questions about Judaism in The Book of the Kuzari. That book, written in the form of […]

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Key Jewish Facts!

by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov Key Jewish Facts! serves as a general introduction to Judaism, and also provides an excellent syllabus for boys and girls approaching Bar or Bat Mitzvah.(140 Pages) Publisher: Ask Moses

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One People, Two Worlds

An Orthodox Rabbi and a Reform Rabbi in search of Common Groundby Rabbi Yosef Reinman and Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch After being introduced by a mutual friend in the winter of 2000, Reform Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Reinman embarked on an unprecedented eighteen-month e-mail correspondence on the fundamental principles of Jewish faith and […]

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Self Beyond Self

Judaism’s Dynamic Assent to the Infiniteby Rabbi Y. S. Hurwitz A novel and practical approach to analyzing and understanding Judaism. Based on the Talmud and the writings of the Maharal, Ramchal and Rabbi E.E. Dessler it develops a basic formula called the Threefold Key to Being Jewish. The book applies this system to very many […]

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The Rosh Hodesh Table

Foods at the New Moon, Jewish Women’s Monthly Festivalsby Judith Y. Solomon Here are authentic and symbolic foods to make, buy and enjoy as part of the 13-month Jewish calendar. Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the month coincides with the first appearance of the new moon. It may be observed with feasting on fruits, grains, […]

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Judaism Since Gender

by Miriam Peskowitz and Laura Levitt Judaism Since Gender offers a radically new concept of Jewish Studies, staking out new intellectual terrain and redefining the discipline as an intrinsically feminist practice.(241 Pages) Publisher: Routledge, 1997

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Settings of SIlver

An Introduction to Judaismby Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen Conveniently organized for classroom use, offers a comprehensive introduction to Judaism, which considers and answers two encompassing questions: ‘What is Torah?’ and ‘What is a Jew?’ The author describes and explains the holy days of the Jewish year, the daily observances of Judaism, and the Jewish beliefs […]

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The Everything Torah Book

All you need to understand the basics of Jewish law and the Five Books of the Old Testamentby Rabbi Yaakov Menken From the Penteteuch and Neviim to the Ketuvim and the oral Torah, this straightforward reference walks you through Gods instructions to His people and explains how these teachings are incorporated into Jewish life. The […]

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The Jewish Book of Lists

by Joel Samberg Of all the books that have been written about Jews and Judaism over the centuries this one stands alone.

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What is a Jew

A Guide to the Beliefs, Traditions, and Practices of Judaismby Rabbi Morris N. KertzerEdited by Rabbi Lawrence A Hoffman First published twenty years ago, What is a Jew? is an established classic, providing straightforward, accessible answers to all questions concerning Jewish life, history, and traditions. Now completely revised and reorganized by the author’s nephew, an […]

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What’s Your Jewish I.Q.?

Test Yourself on Religion, Literature, the Arts, and the Worldby Rabbi Alex J. Goldman There is a Jewish proverb from Ecclesiastes: If you lack knowledge, what do you have? If you have knowledge, what do you lack? Heres a fun and challenging approach to increasing your knowledge of all things Jewishtest yourself, and learn a […]

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Why Be Jewish?

by Rabbi David J. Wolpe In this short and inspirational text, Rabbi Wolpe addresses all who seek to enlarge the spiritual side of their lives. For those considering a return to the beliefs of their forbears, for those drawn to conversion, Rabbi Wolpe’s is a graceful and learned introduction to this ancient and enduring religion. […]

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A People Divided

Judaism in Contemporary Americaby Jack Wertheimer This book analyzes how fundamental changes in the wider society have affected Jewish religious and communal life. It is also a fascinating snapshot of the Judaism of the nineties in all its vitality and diversity. How American is Jewish religious behavior? And how Jewish is it? How do patterns […]

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Ask a Rabbi.com

Judaism: Questions & Answers from the Internetby Rabbi David Yehuda Costa Jewish readers can dig deep into their religious heritage, and gives non-Jewish readers fascinating insights into the Orthodox Branch of Judaism. Foreword by Stephen Kaplan.(254 Pages) Publisher: greatunpublished.com, 2000

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Dictionary of Jewish Terms

A Guide to the Language of Judaismby Ronald L. Eissenberg The vocabulary of Judaism includes religious terms, customs, Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish terms, terms related to American Jewish life and the State of Israel. All are represented in this new guide, with easy to read explanation and cross-references.(520 Pages) Publisher: Schreiber, 2008

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Dictionary of Jewish Words

A JPS Guide - Updatedby Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic This JPS bestseller is now updated and expanded, with new words, names, terms, and expressions. Organized in an A to Z format for easy reference, The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words contains 1,200 entries derived from Yiddish, Hebrew, Aramaic, and English. The entries include words […]

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Why Hebrew Goes from Right to Left

201 Things You Never Knew About Judaismby Ron Isaacs In the great body of Jewish literature there are many incredibly fascinating (but relatively unknown) curiosities, strange facts, unusual statements and oddities that have accumulated over Judaisms illustrious history. Why does Hebrew go from right to left? Are there Jewish remedies for toothaches and nose bleeds […]

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Becoming a Jew

by Maurice Lamm Designed expressly for non-Jews who are contemplating converting, for those who have already converted, and for Jews by birth who wish to gain a deeper insight into their heritage. Describes the odyssey of the convert and charts the traditional approach to conversion.(463 Pages) Publisher: Jonathan David, 1991

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Choosing a Jewish Life

A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friendsby Anita Diamant Married to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, […]

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Choosing to be Jewish

The Orthodox Road to Conversionby Rabbi Marc D. Angel Rabbi Marc Angel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi, has written a groundbreaking book about conversion to Judaism. Each year, thousands of people seek to convert to Judaism; many of them plan to marry a Jewish spouse. In this provocative book, Rabbi Angel proposes that the Orthodox Jewish […]

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Coming Home

A Woman’s Story of Conversion to Judaismby Linda M. Shires She grew up in a upper-middle-class Protestant family in New England. She can trace her father’s family back to the Mayflower. Yet, ‘Judaism was to be my bashert, my destiny,’ maintains Linda Shireswife, mother, professor, and author. For almost twenty years, she lived the life […]

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Conversion to Judaism

A Guidebookby Lawrence J. Epstein Addressing the potential convert directly, the author takes up each aspect of the process in a friendly anecdotal style. He describes the conversion process itself and discusses the family and social ramifications. The book also includes brief treatments of Jewish texts.(304 Pages) Publisher: Jason Aronson, 1997

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The Bamboo Cradle

A Jewish Father’s Storyby Avraham Schwartzbaum A visiting American professor in Taiwan finds a newborn abandoned in a railway station. He and his wife, who are childless, adopt the baby. This act of human kindness sparks a providential chain of events that transforms their lives.(248 Pages) Publisher: Feldheim, 1997

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Who Is a Jew?

Conversations, Not Conclusionsby Meryl Hyman Sure to generate great controvery as it provides new insights, ‘Who Is a Jew?’ courageously takes on this timely and controversial question. It provides the full range of perspectives necessary to let us draw our own conclusions. ‘Who Is a Jew?’ is a quest for identity and destiny. It voices […]

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50 Ways to be Jewish

Or: Simon & Garfunkel, ‘Jesus loves you LESS than you will know’by Rabbi David J. Forman The car you drive, the place you live, the friends you choose, the books you read, the movies you watch, and your attitude to the multitudes of modern issues provide some of this books 50 ways to be Jewish. […]

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A Book of Life

Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practiceby Rabbi Michael Strassfeld This is a book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism. For all the cycles of lifefrom waking in the morning to retiring at night, from the weekdays to Shabbat and holidays, from the beginning of the year to its […]

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A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice

by Isaac Klein Comprehensive guide to Jewish practice for home and synagogue, written in the spirit of the Conservative movement.(588 Pages) Publisher: Ktav, 1979

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Essential Judaism

A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Ritualsby George Robinson Written by an informed layperson for a popular audience, this book can be understood and appreciated by all. Robinson, a former syndicated columnist, writes as a committed Reform Jew attempting to fairly present the viewpoints of the various modern Jewish movements (Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox). The […]

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