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Waltham / University Press of New England, Hanover 2003 Hardcover First Edition (Unstated). 448 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. JUDAICA. A unique collection of ... more than 100 stories, poems, and essays revealing the history and meaning of the Jewish holidays by many of the world's greatest Jewish writers. Celebrating the Jewish Holidays is a comprehensive collection of Jewish writing pertaining to the six most celebrated Jewish holidays (Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover). This impressive volume brings together literature from eastern and western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America, and contains work by some of the most renowned Jewish poets and writers from throughout the centuries. Among the many selections included are works by the medieval poets Yehuda Halevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol; fiction by the great Yiddish-language authors Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer; autobiographical essays by Golda Meir, Theodor Read more Show Less

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Celebrating the Jewish Holidays is a comprehensive collection of Jewish writing pertaining to the six most celebrated Jewish holidays (Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover). This impressive volume brings together literature from eastern and western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America, and contains work by some of the most renowned Jewish poets and writers from throughout the centuries. Among the many selections included are works by the medieval poets Yehuda Halevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol; fiction by the great Yiddish-language authors Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer; autobiographical essays by Golda Meir, Theodor Herzl, and Elie Wiesel; and selections from such well-known contemporary American-Jewish writers as Allegra Goodman, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Marge Piercy, and Nathan Englander.

Rubin’s informative introductory essays discuss the cultural and historical significance of each holiday and give context to the individual literary selections. The collection also includes useful biographic notes for all authors represented. This memorable volume will be a perfect and valued gift for any holiday throughout the year.

CONTRIBUTORS
Marjorie Agosín, Sholom Aleichem, Yehuda Amichai, Sholom Asch, Robin Becker, Dunash Ha-Levi Ben Labrat, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Chana Bloch, Ruth F. Brin, Bella Chagall, Richard Chess, Elizabeth Ehrlich, Nathan Englander, Marcia Falk, Merle Feld, Isaac Goldemberg, Rebecca Goldstein, Allegra Goodman, Chaim Grade, Yehuda Halevi, Michelle Herman, Theodor Herzl, John Hollander, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Alfred Kazin, Abraham M. Klein, Irena Klepfisz, Maxine Kumin, Emma Lazarus, Meyer Levin, A. Leyeles, Abraham Linik, Issac Luria, Golda Meir, Marga Minco, Tova Mirvis, Penina Moise, Kadya Molodowsky, Faye Moskowitz, Howard Nemerov, Joseph Opatoshu, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Linda Pastan, I. L. Peretz, Marge Piercy, Robert Pinsky, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Chaim Potok, Philip M. Raskin, Abraham Reisen, Charles Reznikoff, Adrienne Rich, Anne Roiphe, Norma Rosen, Muriel Rukeyser, Jessie E. Sampter, Alan Shapiro, Harvey Shapiro, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Israel Joseph Singer, Myra Sklarew, Ilan Stavans, Gerald Stern, Menahem Stern, Saul Tchernichovsky, Elie Wiesel, Eleanor Wilner, and Israel Zangwill.

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“This collection of brief primary sources features some of Judaism’s most celebrated figures reflecting about the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays. . . . It’s a rich and varied collection. . . .This literary reader gives new meaning to the Jewish holidays by offering imaginative, individual interpretations of ancient rites.”—Publishers Weekly

"...Celebrating the Jewish Holidays is a valuable teaching tool for congregations and organizations who wish to approach the holiday cycle through the pathway of classic and contemporary Jewish literature. It will make a welcome and enlightening addition to anyone's basic library of Jewish resources." — J.Books.Com, The Online Jewish Community

“Steven J. Rubin has assembled a remarkable anthology of poetry, memoir, and fiction by Jewish writers inspired by the Jewish holidays. The table of contents reads like a 'Who's Who' of Jewish literature . . . This entertaining collection serves as a welcome companion to Jewish holiday celebration.”—Reform Judaism

"While Rubin "hopes that readers will . . incorporate various poems, stories, or essays . . . into their own 'celebration' of the holdiays, " I think the anthology could also be used as the starting point for discussions of Jewish identity, family relationships and community issues. Lovers of Jewish literature will find it an excellent introduction to a wide variety of Jewish writing styles, while the Biographic Notes will help them place the writers in historical perspective."—The Reporter (Vestal, NY)

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This collection of brief primary sources features some of Judaism's most celebrated figures reflecting about the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays. Isaac Bashevis Singer's poignant short story "The Weekday Mother and the Sabbath Mother" stands cheek-by-jowl with poetry by Isaac Luria and Emma Lazarus, snippets of memoir by Chaim Potok, Elie Wiesel and Golda Meir and fiction excerpts from Tova Mirvis and Sholom Aleichem. It's a rich and varied collection. While the bulk of contributions come from 20th-century and contemporary writers, the books offers great ideological diversity and an international flair. It's particularly interesting to read selections from South America (e.g., Marjorie Agos!n's "Rosh Hashanah") in which the "fall" holidays actually occur in the heady, fragrant days of spring. This literary reader gives new meaning to the Jewish holidays by offering imaginative, individual interpretations of ancient rites. (Apr. 4) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584651840
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN J. RUBIN is Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University. He is the author of a critical biography of the American Jewish author Meyer Levin, and the editor of two previous anthologies: Writing Our Lives: Autobiographies of American Jews, 1890–1990 (1991) and Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry (1997).
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Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Sabbath: Most Precious of Days
"A Song for the Sabbath" 15
"I Spread the Board This Sabbath Eve" 16
"My Mother, Her Memory Be Blessed" 17
"Sabhath Hours" 19
"Song of the Sabbath" 21
"The Five Day Week" 23
"Shabbat Moment" 24
"Sabbath," from A Meditation in Seven Days 25
"Der mames shabosim/My Mother's Sabbath Days" 27
"Will" 29
"Bless Us with Peace, Angels of Peace" 30
"The Kitchen" from A Walker in the City 33
"Sabbath" from Bitter Herbs 40
"Sabbath" from Miriam's Kitchen 43
"The Weekday Mother and the Sabbath Mother" from Salvation 53
"Short Friday" 60
from Missing 70
Rosh Hashanah: The Honey of Promises
"For New Year's Day" 89
"Rosh Hashanah" 91
"Rosh Hashanah, 5643" 92
"The Eve of Rosh Hashanah" 94
"For Paul Celan and Primo Levi" 95
"Tashlikh" 96
"At the New Year" 97
"At the Jewish New Year" 99
"A Three-Course Meal for the New Year" 101
"Tashlich" 103
"The Eve of Rosh Hashanah, 500 Years after the Inquisition" 105
"Rosh Hashanah," from Burning Lights 109
from My Mother's Sabbath Days 114
from Night 117
"Rosh Hashanah," from The Alphabet in My Hands 120
"The Poor Community" 125
"A Bratslaver Hasid" 130
"Tashlich" 133
"The Prophecy of the New Year" 139
Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement
"Confession" 153
"Hear" 155
"On the Day of Atonement" 156
"Yom Kippur, 5726" 157
"The Converts" 159
"Avenue" 160
"Yom Kippur (Chacra Colorada, 1955)" 162
"Open Gate" 163
"Yom Kippur, Taos, New Mexico" 164
"The Yom Kippur War," from My Life 169
from My Mother's Sabbath Days 175
"The Day Without Forgiveness," from Legends of Our Time 178
from The Alphabet in My Hands 184
"Yom Kippur in Hell" 189
"A Yom Kippur Scandal" 194
"Repentance" 199
Hanukkah: The Power of Light
"Festival of Lights" 217
"The Banner of the Jew" 218
"The Feast of Lights" 220
"A Night in Hanukkah" 222
"Chanukah Lights" 224
"Hanukkah" from Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays 226
"These Candle Lights" 227
"Hanukkah" 228
"A Christmas Story" 229
"A Generation Reclaims Hanukkah" 233
"Miracles for a Broken Planet" 236
"Taking Down the Christmas Tree" 239
"Hanukkah, A Brief Reminiscence" 242
"The Menorah" 247
"Hanukkah in the Poorhouse" 250
"Gifts of the Last Night" 257
"Reb Kringle" 263
Purim: The Gift of Esther
"The Banquet of Esther" 283
"Satan and Haman" 286
"Purim in Palestine" 287
"Five Characters" 288
"Festival" 291
"Purim in Winter" 292
"Ceremony of Spring" 293
"Esther" 295
"Haman's Ears" 296
"Purim in England," from Children of the Ghetto 301
"Purim Gifts," from Burning Lights 302
"The Purim Gift" from In My Father's Court 309
From the Book of Esther 315
"Purim Players" 324
from The Ladies Auxiliary 329
Passover: Celebration of Freedom
"Passover Psalm" 347
"The Way Out," from Akiba 348
"Pharaoh's Meditation on the Exodus" 351
"Passover" 353
"Maggid" 355
"Miriam's Song" 357
"Haggadah" 359
"Broken Matzah" 361
"On the Eve of the Warsaw Uprising" 363
"The Penitent," from Old-New Land 367
from A Leak in the Heart 368
from Debra, Golda, and Me 371
"Passover," from Miriam's Kitchen 373
"Home for Passover" 383
"The Four Questions" 396
Biographic Notes 415
Acknowledgments 425
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