Living a Jewish Life, Updated and: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values fo (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Reference - 320 pages
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Living a Jewish Life describes Judaism as not just a contemplative or abstract system of thought but as a blueprint for living fully and honorably. This new edition builds on the classic guide, which has been a favorite among Jewish educators and students for years. Enriched with additional resources, including online resources, this updated guide also references recent changes in the modern Jewish community, and has served as a resource and guide for non–Jews as well as Jews.

Addressing the choices posed by the modern world, Living a Jewish Life explains the traditions and beliefs of Judaism in the context of real life. It explores the spectrum of liberal Jewish thought, from Conservative to Reconstructionist to Reform, as well as unaffiliated, new age, and secular. Celebrating the diversity of Jewish beliefs, this guide provides information in ways that readers can choose how to incorporate Judaism into their lives.

Readers will learn how to choose the right synagogue, and discover the meaning and significance of lighting Sabbath candles. "Shabbat," "Torah," "kosher," "mitzvah" and other key words are all defined in all of their complex and potent meanings.

On the most basic level, this book explains the essential Jewish vocabulary, but more importantly, LIVING A JEWISH LIFE is a sensitive and comprehensive introduction that reveals the timeless nature of Jewish tradition, rich with history and relevant in the modern world.

  

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Living a Jewish Life, Updated and Revised Edition: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today's Families

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Diamant updates her 1991 original with a new chapter about adoption and conversion, an enhanced section on Israel, more on the diversity within Jewish families (interfaith families, gays, etc.), additional print and online resources, and more. Read full review

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User Review  - Emilia P - Goodreads

Oh hey, primer on Jewish practices, services, rituals, holidays, and rites of passage. You were straightforward, well-researched and reported, answered a lot of kind of basic questions I had, like ... Read full review

Contents

HOME
13
The Sabbath
26
COMMUNITY
93
The Organizational World
111
THE CYCLE OF THE YEAR
139
Lag BOmer
200
Tisha BAv
209
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
225
Marriage
234
Conversion and Adoption
249
Death and Mourning
255
Glossary
269
Timeline
279
Further Reading
285
Acknowledgments
291
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Anita Diamant is a prize-winning journalist whose previous books include The New Jewish Wedding and The New Jewish Baby Book.

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