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"Essential Judaism

A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals "

Paperback Published: 10th October 2001
ISBN: 9780671034818
Number Of Pages: 672

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"What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish?"

A landmark reference, here is an indispensable one-volume guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism -- everything you need to know about being Jewish. In "Essential Judaism, " George Robinson has created the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish roots as an adult. Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage, and lays out many fascinating aspects of Judaism -- the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more -- while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today's world.

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Morton I. Teicher The Jerusalem Post Extraordinary....Robinson deserves our gratitude for his major contribution. Diane Cole The New York Times Book Review Ambitious and all-inclusive, from practical information...to deeper, more abstract discussions. Michael Harrington The Philadelphia Inquirer An invaluable one-volume compendium.

A note to the reader
Service of the Heart
Prayer and Ritual
The Jewish Idea of Prayer
The Names of God
The Role of the Rabbi
The Blessings of Daily Life An Assortment of Blessings
The Daily Services
Before the Morning Service
Tallit and Tzitzit
Shakharit/The Morning Service
The Basic Structure of the Service
Covering the HeadKaddish
The Sh''maThe Amidah
Minkhah/The Afternoon Service
Ma''ariv/The Evening Service
The Shabbat Services
Kabbalat Shabbat/Welcoming the Sabbath and Ma''ariv
Minkhah and Havdalah Festival Services
The Synagogue Liturgical Music Home Rituals Mezuzah
The Evolution of the Prayer Book
The Rise of Denominations Reform Judaism Conservative Judaism Reconstructionism Modern Orthodox Ba''al Teshuvah Havurah
Jewish Renewal Movement Gay and Lesbian Synagogues Women''s Prayer Groups Shul Etiquette
The Chosen People?
Rejoice in Your Festivals
The Jewish Year Sacred Time
The Jewish Calendar Rosh Khodesh
The Jewish Calendar
The Festivals Shabbat
The Thirty-nine Categories of Forbidden Work Special Sabbaths
The High Holy Days Elul, a Month of Teshuvah Rosh Hashanah Days of Repentance Yom Kippur Sukkot
The Sukkah Building the Sukkah
The Four Species Hoshanah Rabbah/The Great Hosannah Shemini Atzeret Simkhat Torah Hanukah Historical Roots Home Observance Tu b''Shevat Purim Pesakh Exile and Home
The Bread of Affliction
The Seder The Meaning of the Seder
The Four Questions Counting the Omer Shavuot Yom ha-Shoah, Yom ha-Atzma''ut, Yom ha-Zikaron, and Yom Yerushalayim Minor Fast Days Tisha b''Av Special Readings for the Festivals
Birth to Death
A Jewish Life CycleBirth Abortion Adoption Mamzerut Brit Milah Brit Habat -- the Baby-Naming Ceremony Pidyon Ha-Ben Parent and Child Jewish Education Bar/Bat Mitzvah Confirmation Engagement and Marriage
The Jewish View of Marriage
The Ketubah Engagement Before the Ceremony
The Wedding Ceremony Levirate Marriage
Intermarriage Prohibited Marriages Divorce Conversion to Judaism
The Noahide Laws Who Is a Jew? Should Judaism Proselytize? Leaving the Fold Illness Aging Ethical Wills Death and Mourning Defiance and Acceptance Dying Right to Die? Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Preparations for Burial Burial Mourning Unveiling and Yahrzeit
The Afterlife
613 Ways
Living a Jewish LifeThe Mitzvot Gematria
Making the Letters Add Up Pikuakh Nefesh
To Save a Life Who''s Counting?
The 613 Mitzvot (According to Maimonides) Why Observe?
Mind, Body, and Soul Halakhah
Mitzvot into Law Joseph Caro and the Shulkhan Arukh Opponents of Halakhah
The Sadducees and the Karaites Reform Judaism Conservative Judaism Reconstructionism Reactions Within Orthodoxy
The Mitzvot in Daily Life Gemilut Khasadim/Acts of Lovingkindness
The Evil Tongue: Lashon Hara Tzedakah/Doing Justice
The Ladder of Charity Ethics and Justice Laws Governing Loans Capital Punishment "An Eye for an Eye" Tikkun Olam/Repairing the World Sexuality
The Mikveh Kashrut/Dietary Laws Kosher and Treif Meat and Dairy Buying Kosher Kosher Wine Taking Khallah Match But Don''t Mix: Sha''atnez
In the Beginning
The Hebrew BibleThe Tanakh
The Books of the Hebrew Bible
The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha What Is in the Hebrew Bible?
The Torah The Parashiyot and the Haftarot Genesis/Bereishit Exodus/Shemot Leviticus/Vayikra Numbers/Bamidbar Deuteronomy/Devarim Biblical Measurements Making the Text Sing: Cantillation Torah Comes First The Nevi''im/The Prophets Joshua Judges I and II Samuel I and II Kings Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel
The Twelve Minor Prophets
The Role of the Prophets
The Ketuvim/The Writings Tehillim/The Psalms Reading the Psalms Proverbs Job Shir ha-Shirim/Song of Songs Ruth Lamentations Kohelet/Ecclesiastes Esther Daniel Ezra and Nehemiah I and II Chronicles Reading the Book Some Key Bible Commentators Peshat Derash Remez Sod Who Wrote the Hebrew Bible?
The Rabbis Said
The Talmud and Other Rabbinical Writings Roots of Rabbinic Judaism From the Pairs to the Tannaim Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Torah "O You Scribes and Pharisees!" Tragedy, Dispersion, and the Writing of the Mishnah What Is in the Mishnah? What''s in the Mishnah and the Talmud: Primary Subject Matter of the Tractates and Where They Appear How the Mishnah Works
An Example from the Mishnah Tosefta and Baraita Gemara
The Task Continues A Time Line of Talmudic Scholars Yavneh
The First Great Academy Some Key Figures in Rabbinic Judaism Halakhah and AggadahHow the Gemara Works Palestinian Talmud versus Babylonian Talmud The Later Commentators Proliferation and Persecution
A Page of Talmud Modern Talmudic Scholarship How to Study Talmud Daf Yomi Midrash Some Important Midrashic Texts
Jewish Mysticism
Emanations of the EternalWhat Is Mysticism?
The Chariot and the Chambers: Ancient Jewish Mysticism
The Mysteries of Creation: Sefer Yetzirah Ten Sefirot
Twice Over: Early Kabbalah and the Ashkenazi Hasidim Kabbalah in Spain Splendor: The Zohar The Tree of Life
The Star of David
The Lion Speaks: Lurianic Kabbalah
The False Messiah: Shabbateanism Hasidic Mysticism Some Other Key Figures in Jewish Mysticism Kabbalah in the Twentieth Century Rabbi Kook Gershom Scholem and the Study of Mysticism Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and the Jewish Renewal Movement Meditation
The Lasting Influence of Jewish Mysticism How to Study Kabbalah
The Philosophers
The Continuing Evolution of Jewish Thought
Rabbis versus Philosophers Philo Judaeus (20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.)
From the Writings of Philo Saadiah Gaon (882 C.E.-942 C.E.)
From the Writings of Saadiah Gaon Maimonides (c. 1135 C.E.-1204 C.E.)
Principles of the Jewish Faith From the Writings of Maimonides Judah HaLevi (1075 C.E.-1141 C.E.)
From the Writings of Judah HaLevi Baruch Spinoza (1632 C.E.-1677 C.E.)
From the Writings of Baruch Spinoza Moses Mendelssohn (1729 C.E.-1786 C.E.)
From the Writings of Moses Mendelssohn Franz Rosenzweig (1886 C.E.-1929 C.E.)
Rosenzweig and Buber Translate Torah From the Writings of Franz Rosenzweig Martin Buber (1878 C.E.-1965 C.E.)
From the Writings of Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 C.E.-1972 C.E.)
From the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel Joseph Soloveitchik (1903 C.E.-1993 C.E.)
From the Writings of Joseph Soloveitchik Emmanuel Levinas (1906 C.E.-1995 C.E.)
From the Writings
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ISBN: 9780671034818
ISBN-10: 0671034812
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 10th October 2001
Publisher: Atria Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1

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