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Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

One of the most terrifying and appalling thing that could happen to us and our love ones is death. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl, and what causes serious dismay is the fact that, nothing is special and mysterious about it anymore, it became natural, anyone can …

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Ascending Jacob’s Ladder - Essays on the Fundamental’s of Jewish Life - Shabbat, Festivals, Prayer, Teshuvah, Torah Study, The Jewish Home and Wisdom of Kabbalah

… new book. Drawing from Torah, Midrash, Mussar, and Kabbalah sources, he guides us through our Jewish spiritual journey – through this world and into the next.

Like Jacob’s ladder, which was firmly planted on earth but reached the heavens, these essays show us how living a truly Jewish life will bring us to the spiritual heights we long for, without ever losing sight of the ground – a healthy life and home. In an inspiring and engaging manner, Rabbi Hillel shows us how we can climb …

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The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life

… Daniel Judson (editor), Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky (editor), Joel Moskowitz (illustrator)

Publisher: Jewish Lights

An Inspiring How-to Guide to Help You Understand and Participate in a Jewish Spiritual Life

Across the spectrum of Jewish observance, people are seeking ways to give higher meaning to their spiritual lives-but how do you know where to begin, and what should you do first?

This easy-to-use handbook explains the why, what, and how of ten

specific areas of Jewish ritual and …

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Living a Joyous Life: The True Spirit of Jewish Practice

Rabbi David Aaron

Publisher: Trumpeter

Secular and religious Jews alike will find wisdom and inspiration in this new book in which Rabbi David Aaron reveals the joy that living a Jewish life can bring. With his characteristic humor, enthusiasm, and insight, Rabbi Aaron looks at key, and often misunderstood, aspects of Jewish practice—our relationship with God, Torah study, prayer, living the commandments, celebrating the Sabbath, and keeping kosher—and shows us how they …

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Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life

Rabbi Edward Feinstein

Publisher: Jewish Lights

What your rabbi probably never told you– about God, belief, the meaning of life, and more– but could have, if you had only asked.

The art of asking good questions is a hallmark of Jewish spirituality. From a very early age, we teach our children to ask and we celebrate their questioning. But for young people, it often feels as if no one is willing to take their questions …

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UN prepares to condemn Jewish life in Judea and Samaria

At the behest of the Palestinian Authority, the UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that condemns Jews for settling in their ancestral lands of Judea and Samaria, and demanding that Israel halt the practice altogether.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters on Wednesday that his government would soon be seeking official UN Security Council condemnation of Jewish

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

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… Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia.

1264

The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by the Duke of Greater Poland Boleslaus the Pious on September 8, 1264 in Kalisz. The statute served as the basis for the legal position of Jews in Poland and led to creation of a Yiddish-speaking autonomous Jewish “nation within a nation”, which lasted until the Third Partition of Poland in 1795. The statute granted exclusive …

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The Greatest Jewish Stories Ever Told

… folk, Hasidic, and modern tales that were selected for their prominence within the many traditions of Jewish life. Presented in categories that reflect the history of their telling, the stories are prefaced by David Patterson’s sage insights and thought-provoking perspective.

From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden to the suffering of Job, Patterson retells the greatest Biblical stories, those that are at the heart of the Jewish tradition and represent some of the earliest examples of

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Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman

Publisher: Jewish Lights

From the rapidly changing retirement years to the sometimes wrenching challenges of dementia and chronic illness, spiritual questions and needs among today’s elders and caregivers are central. This rich resource probes Jewish texts to offer solutions and suggestions for finding meaning, purpose and community within Jewish tradition.

With timely—and timeless—wisdom, this …

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A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

… Publisher: Urim Publications

Foreword by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin

A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life was written to help married — or about to be married — couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle.

Deena R. Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC is a physician …

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Raising a Child with Soul, How Time-Tested Jewish Wisdom Can Shape Your Child’s Character

Raising a Child with Soul, How Time-Tested Jewish Wisdom Can Shape Your Child's Character

… materialistic culture in which we live. Utilizing the insight that springs from her knowledge of Torah wisdom, her personal experiences and the experiences of those she has counseled, Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, a longtime parenting coach and advisor to young couples and families teaches in detail how to approach the entire gamut of issues, with a special emphasis on strengthening the child’s morality and character. Parents will learn how to:

• Instill simchas hachayim, “true joy,” in …

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Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Sages

Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Sages

With a new foreword and chapter that address the upheaval that followed the events of September 11, this revised edition of Toward a Meaningful Life traces the root causes of our fear and uncertainty and lucidly outlines strategies for recovery and redemption. Profound yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds and beliefs, Toward a Meaningful Life provides comfort and renewed hope, showing us how to find solace even as we endure overwhelming suffering and inexplicable loss. …

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Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed

Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed

Joanne Doades

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Raising a teenager is difficult your Jewish values can help make it easier.

Relationships with teenage children can be maddening and frustrating. They undergo the most peculiar transition from children you think you know into mysterious adolescent strangers you often wish you didn’t.

Drawing upon the teachings, insights, and wisdom that have sustained the Jewish people …

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Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A window into the Jewish soul—written especially for Christians.

“I invite you to explore with me some of the rich and varied expressions of the Jewish spiritual imagination. It is a tradition that may at times, for Christians, feel strangely familiar and will, for Christians and Jews, always challenge you to see yourself and your world through a new lens.”

—from the …

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The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics in Business and Life

Rabbi Dr. Asheir Meir

“The book is an important source of ethical insights for Jews and non-Jews alike”. – George Cohen, Booklist (journal of the American Library Association)

“Combines up-to-the-minute knowledge of his field with thousands of years of Jewish tradition” – Rivka Blau, Jewish Press

“This tome was a delight to read and provided tachlis modern application to principles of halacha.” David Rosenthal, shamash.org.

The …

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Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life

Living Jewish Life Cycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life

Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Dmin

Publisher: Jewish Lights

The spiritual tools you can use to infuse Jewish life cycle

ceremonies with meaning, integrity and joy.

Discover the spiritual meaning in Judaism’s major life cycle moments. Understand, create and enter wholeheartedly into Jewish life cycle ceremonies, preparatory practice, and celebrations.

More than just how-to, Rabbi Goldie Milgram guides you in making your Jewish rites …

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The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom And Wit in the Wild West

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom And Wit in the Wild West

Steve Sheinkin

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A fresh look at Jewish folktales—wise, witty, hilarious

After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring, the people invited Harvey to stay on as the …

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Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today’s Families

Anita Diamant

Publisher: Harper Collins

Discusses how the customs of modern Judaism may be incorporated into everyday life and describes the Jewish holidays, traditions, rituals, and life-cycle ceremonies central to Judaism.

Available in softcover

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Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures

Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures

… original book introduces a fascinating new approach to yoga and Torah by combining the practice of classic yoga postures with traditional and mystical Jewish wisdom. Each chapter begins by presenting a central Jewish spiritual concept that engages readers of all faiths on a personal level. It offers an in-depth exploration of the concept, quoting and commenting on sacred Jewish texts from the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses) and other sources. It then guides its readers with mastery and …

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Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Lawrence Kushner, Nehemia Polen

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Breathe New Life into Your Prayer with the Wisdom of Kabbalah and the Hasidic Masters

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In this inspiring spiritual companion, Reform rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Nehemia …

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Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Lawrence Kushner, Nehemia Polen

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Breathe New Life into Your Prayer with the Wisdom of Kabbalah and the Hasidic Masters

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In this inspiring spiritual companion, Reform rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Nehemia …

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Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust - 3 Volume Set

… Geoffrey Wigoder and published in conjunction with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel, the Encyclopedia represents the fruit of more than three decades of labor. Based on a thirty-volume encyclopedia published only in Hebrew, this new condensed version makes this rich source of information available in English for the first time. A foreword by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel places this remarkable resource in its historical and cultural context.

The Encyclopedia of

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A Modern Orthodox Life: Sermons and Columns of Rabbi Emanuel Rackman

Emanuel Rackman

Publisher: Ktav

A Modern Orthodox Life by Rabbi Emanuel Rackman brings together some 75 sermons, columns, and articles by one of modern Orthodoxy’s most distinguished figures. Some of the writings in this volume go back many years, but the thoughts they express are as pertinent today as they were when first set down. They cover a broad range of topics that will be of interest to thoughtful readers of every Jewish

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Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought

… Human responses to the natural world stretching back through the last 4,000 years come to life in this major new resource providing a diverse group of ecological and religious voices. It gives us an invaluable key to understanding the intersection of ecology and Judaism, and offers the wisdom of Judaism in dealing with the present environmental crisis.

Both intelligent and accessible, Torah of the Earth is an essential resource and a reminder to us that humans and the earth are …

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Jewish Wisdom for Business Success: Lessons From the Torah and Other Ancient Texts

Sam Jaffe, Rabbi Levi Brackman

Publisher: AMACOM

Sacred Jewish texts such as the Torah and the Kabbalah have long been con sid ered repositories of some of the greatest wisdom ever assembled. Yet only the smartest and most successful business professionals take advantage of these powerful collections of advice. Using real-world business situations as illustrative examples, this book reveals a four-thousand-year-old blueprint for success.

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A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism

A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism

Rabbi Comins Mike

Publisher: Jewish Lights

This comprehensive how-to guide to the theory and practice of Jewish wilderness spirituality unravels the mystery of Judaism’s connection to the natural world and offers ways for you to enliven and deepen your spiritual life through wilderness experience. Over forty practical exercises provide detailed instruction on spiritual practice in the natural world, including: …

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Pebbles of Wisdom From Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Collected and with Notes by Arthur Kurzweil

Internationally acclaimed Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is considered to be one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. He has been lauded by Time magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar” and by Ted Koppel of Nightline as “one of the very few wise men that I’ve ever met.”

Arthur Kurzweil—himself a Jewish scholar, author, teacher, publisher, and a longtime disciple of Rabbi Steinsaltz—has gathered in one place a collection of

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Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love

Lloyd Wolf, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Paula Wolfson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A moving collection of heartfelt stories and stirring photographs celebrating and honoring the lives of contemporary American Jewish fathers.

The image of the Jewish father is synonymous with the Yiddish word mensch, a good, kind, decent, human being. The word mensch has become part of America’s vocabulary. The first mensch that we meet in life is usually our father. …

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Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire

Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Who were the Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire?

What lasting lessons does their spiritual life provide for future generations?

“How did the Judeo-Spanish-speaking Jews of the Ottoman Empire manage to achieve spiritual triumph? To answer this question, we need to have a firm understanding of their historical experience…. We need to be aware of the dark, …

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The Rabbi’s Wife : The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life

The Rabbi's Wife : The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life

… Schwartz

Publisher: NYU Press

“Schwartz adds a new and important dimension to the history of American Judaism, to the history of American women, and to the history of American religion. She has introduced a new set of actors to the historic drama of religion in America.” –Hasia R. Diner, author of The Jews of the United States, 1654-2000

“This is the definitive work on the American rebbetzin. At once well-written and well-researched, it makes a notable contribution to the …

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