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Jewish Ritual : A Brief Introduction for Christians - Kerry M. Olitzky

Jewish Ritual

A Brief Introduction for Christians

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Ritual moments and opportunities guide the daily life of practicing Jews. These spiritual practices give expression to Jewish identity and reflect Judaism's core beliefs and values. But what can they mean to Christians seeking to understand their own faith? In this special book, Rabbis Olitzky and Judson guide you through the whys and hows of nine specific areas of Jewish ritual: observing the Sabbath; keeping Kosher; putting on Tefillin (prayer boxes); wrapping the Tallit (prayer shawl); covering the head; studying Torah; praying daily; saying blessings throughout the day; and going to the ritual bath. Providing you with the biblical and historical background of each practice, insight into its contemporary use and significance - including the often divergent approaches of different Jewish movements - and personal stories from rabbis and lay people, this easy-to-understand guide illustrates the deep meaning these rituals have in the Jewish relationship with God. Linking these practices to familiar rituals in the Christian tradition, Olitzky and Judson help you better understand the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate to and reflect your own spiritual foundation.

"I will be recommending this book to anyone who teaches adult education in parishes. A helpful guide to understanding the ritual practices of Judaism, some of their traditional and theological underpinnings, and how it all relates to us as Christians." Jon M. Sweeney, author, The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

"Very sensitive and embracing this book succeeds in translating for Christians the richness of Jewish ritual and tradition. It is a work of profound faith told through spiritually uplifting and engaging prose, as well as through the stories of those who have embraced a life of Jewish ritual and enriched their souls as a result." The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, PhD, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Arizona"


"I will be recommending this book to anyone who teaches adult education in parishes. A helpful guide to understanding the ritual practices of Judaism, some of their traditional and theological underpinnings, and how it all relates to us as Christians."
--Jon M. Sweeney, author, The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

"Very sensitive and embracing ... this book succeeds in translating for Christians the richness of Jewish ritual and tradition. It is a work of profound faith told through spiritually uplifting and engaging prose, as well as through the stories of those who have embraced a life of Jewish ritual and enriched their souls as a result."
--The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, PhD, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

Introduction : why would Christians be interested in the rituals of Judaism?
Observing the Sabbathp. 1
Keeping Kosher : the Jewish dietary lawsp. 15
Putting on tefillin (prayer boxes)p. 25
Wrapping the tallit (prayer shawl)p. 35
Covering the headp. 43
Studying Torahp. 51
Praying dailyp. 65
Saying grace and ninety-nine other blessings throughout the dayp. 77
Going to the ritual bathp. 97
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ISBN: 9781580232104
ISBN-10: 1580232108
Series: Brief Introduction for Christians
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18

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