These are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2012 - Religion - 285 pages
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The basic vocabulary of Jewish spiritual life, explained with humor, insight and relevance to guide you on a historical and spiritual journey through Judaism.

Judaism itself is a language, a group's way of expressing beliefs, longings, aspirations and dreams. The vocabulary of Jewish life is the framework that Jews use to hand their past down to their children. It is also the vocabulary that people of other faiths need to know to understand Judaism and Jewish life.

In this revised, expanded, highly readable, enlightening and entertaining new edition of "the ultimate Jewish primer," one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time takes readers--Jews and non-Jews alike--on a historical and spiritual journey through Judaism. Dr. Arthur Green explains the meaning, history and origin of over 150 core Hebrew words that are shared and understood throughout the Jewish world. With humor, insight and relevance, he lays out the basic vocabulary of Jewish communal and religious identity and shows why it is important for people to know and use these words in Hebrew.

 

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Contents

YHWH
3
Adonai
5
Atah
7
Din
9
Elohim
11
Emet
13
Eyn Sof
15
Kavod
16
Yetser HaTov Yetser HaRa
145
Yirah
147
Yissurim
149
Yosher
151
Zekhut
152
SECTION V
153
Avot
155
Derekh Erets
157

Kelipah
17
Malakh
19
Melekh
21
Neshamah
23
Olam
25
Pardes
27
Raamim
28
Rua HaKodesh
30
Sefirot
31
Shaddai
34
Shekhinah
35
Tsimtsum
37
Section II
39
Aggadah
41
Haggadah
42
Halakhah
44
”umash
47
Kabbalah
48
Mazor
50
Midrash
51
Mishnah
53
Perush Parshanut
54
PirkeyAvot
56
Piyyut
58
Sefer
60
Shir HaShirim
61
Shulan Arukh
63
Siddur
65
Talmud
67
Tanakh
69
Tehillim
71
Teinot
72
Torah
73
Section III
77
Amidah
79
Arvit Maariv
81
Berakhah Barukh
82
Daven Davnen
84
Dukhan Dukhnen
85
Haftarah
87
Hallel
88
Havdalah
89
Kabbalat Shabbat
90
Kaddish
92
Kiddush
94
Kol Nidre
96
Kosher Kashrut
98
Minhag
100
Bar Mitsvah Havurah 162
101
Minah
102
Mitsvah
103
Mussaf
106
Shaarit
107
Shema
108
Shivah
110
Taanit
112
TaharahTumah
114
Tefillah
116
Yizkor
118
Section IV
119
Ahavah
121
Anavah
123
Avodah
125
Bitaon
127
Devekut
129
Emunah
131
Hitbodedut
132
Hitlahavut
134
Kadosh Kedushah
135
Kavvanah
137
Neshamah Yeterah
139
Penimiyyut
140
Ruaniyyut
141
Teshuvah
143
Ger Giyyur
158
”asid
160
”avurah
162
Imahot
164
Kehillah
165
Kiddush HaShem ”illul HaShem
167
Mashia
168
Minyan
170
Mussar
171
Navi
173
Rav
175
Rebbe
177
Shalom
179
Simah
181
Talmid ”akham
183
Tikkun Olam
185
Tsaar Baaley ”ayyim
187
Tsaddik
189
Tsedakah
191
Tselem Elohim
193
Tseniut
195
Yeshivah
196
Yisrael
198
Section VI
201
Aron Kodesh
203
Get
204
”uppah
206
Ketubah
207
LulavEtrog
208
Matzah
210
Megillah
212
Menorah
213
Mezuzah
214
Nerot Shabbat
215
Shofar
217
Sukkah
218
Tallit
219
Tefillin
221
SECTION VII
223
Beriah
225
Bet HaMikdash
227
Bet Kenesset
230
Erets Yisrael
231
Kotel Maaravi
234
Mikveh
236
Mishkan
238
Mitsrayim
239
Olam HaBa
240
Yerushalayim
242
Section VIII
245
Bar Mitsvah Bat Mitsvah
247
Brit Milah
250
Hanukkah
252
Levayah
254
Neilah
255
Nisuin
257
Pesa
259
Purim
261
Rosh Hashanah
263
Mussaf 106
264
Rosh ”odesh
265
Sefirat HaOmer
266
Shabbat
268
Shavuot
272
Shemini Atseret
273
ShemitahYovel
274
Simat Torah
276
Sukkot
277
Tishah BeAv
279
Yom Kippur
281
Yom Tov
283
Yortseit
284
Index of English Terms
285
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Arthur Green, PhD, is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality. He is the Irving Brudnick professor of philosophy and religion at Hebrew College and rector of the Rabbinical School, which he founded in 2004. Professor emeritus at Brandeis University, he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as dean and president.Dr. Green is author of several books including Judaism's Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seeker s; Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow ; Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology ; Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer and Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (all Jewish Lights). He is also author of Radical Judaism (Yale University Press) and coauthor of Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table. He is long associated with the Havurah movement and a neo-Hasidic approach to Judaism.

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