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The Complete How to Handbook of Jewish Living


Any question on Jewish ritual or custom is surely answered in Olitzky and Isaacs' handbook. How to chant the Torah? Check. Choose a synagogue? Check. Visit the sick? Check. Interpret dreams? Check. The two rabbis lay out instructions in steps and include "instant information" sections that provide data that can be hard to track down, such as prohibited and permitted foods, the Hebrew calendar, and the Seven Laws of Noah. Illustrated in b&w. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., ...
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Any question on Jewish ritual or custom is surely answered in Olitzky and Isaacs' handbook. How to chant the Torah? Check. Choose a synagogue? Check. Visit the sick? Check. Interpret dreams? Check. The two rabbis lay out instructions in steps and include "instant information" sections that provide data that can be hard to track down, such as prohibited and permitted foods, the Hebrew calendar, and the Seven Laws of Noah. Illustrated in b&w. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881258387
  • Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Edition description: Three Volume Set
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 529,412
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
Basic Berachot 1
The Rubrics of Prayer 11
How to Make Aliyah to the Torah 15
Putting on Tefillin 18
Putting on a Tallit 25
Baking and Braiding a Challah for Shabbat 29
Lifting and Tying a Torah 32
Chanting the Haftarah Blessings and Haftarah Trope 35
Chanting the Torah 41
Birkhat Ha-gomel 145
Night Prayer--Keriat Shema al Hameeta 47
How to Light the Sabbath Candles 49
How to Make Shabbat Evening Kiddush 52
How to Make Havdalah 57
Blowing a Shofar 61
Tossing Tashlich 64
Building a Sukkah 65
The Four Species: Assembling the Lulav 67
Waving the Lulav 70
Lighting a Chanukiyah 73
How to Play the Dreidel Game 77
The Search for Chametz 79
Making Matzah 82
Setting the Seder Table 84
Leading the Seder 86
Counting the Omer 89
Leading Birkat Hamazon 92
Lighting the Memorial Candle 97
How to Read a Tombstone 101
Putting Up a Mezuzah 104
How to Dance the Hora 106
Making a Jewish Family Tree 108
How to Visit the Sick 111
Tzedakah and Doing Deeds of Kindness 113
Finding the Meaning of Your Hebrew Name 115
Instant Information 118
Synagogue Geography 118
39 Labors Traditionally Prohibited on Shabbat 120
What to Avoid on Pesach 122
Prohibited/Permitted Foods 124
Rules for Kashrut 127
Books of the Bible 130
Parashat Hashavuah: Weekly Torah/Haftarah Readings 133
The Hebrew (Luni-Solar) Calendar 138
Alef-Bet 141
Basic Modern Hebrew Vocabulary 143
Greetings for Shabbat, Holiday and Everyday 145
The Ten Commandments 147
Thirteen Principles of Faith 149
Maimonides' Eight Degrees of Tzedakah 152
Singing Hatikvah 154
How to Locate Twelve Important Places in Israel 156
Psalm for Pilgrimage to Jerusalem 159
Tefillat Haderech 161
Kaddish Derabbanan 163
Giving a Devar Torah 169
Arranging Aliyot or, How to Be a Gabbai 172
How to Tell If a Torah Is Kosher, Tallit and Tefillin Too! 177
Finding Dates on a Hebrew (Soli-Lunar) Calendar 179
When to Say Amen and Mean It 184
Announcing the New Month 186
Blessing the Sun 188
Blessing the Moon 191
Entertaining Bride and Groom 195
Doing Gematria 200
Making a Misheberach 202
A Parent's Prayer for Bar/Bat Mitzvah 205
How to Make a Blessing or Say a Prayer 207
Saying Selichot 209
Starting a Jewish Library at Home 211
Choosing a Religious School 213
How to Celebrate a Simchah 216
How to Welcome Friends and Neighbors into Your Home (Or: Rules for Jewish Etiquette) 218
How to Give Tzedakah 220
How to Arrange for a Brit Milah (Circumcision) 222
How to Arrange for a Simchat Bat (Female Hebrew Naming and Covenant Ceremony) 226
How to Arrange for a Pidyon Haben (Redemption of Firstborn Son) 229
Family Blessings 234
Preparing for Shabbat 236
Getting Ready for Rosh Hashanah 238
How to Construct Your Own Theology 241
Planning a Jewish Trip 243
How to Bury Ritual Objects of Place Them in a Genizah 246
Making a Shivah Call 248
Sitting Shivah and Observing Sheloshim 250
How to Write a Condolence Letter 253
How to Prepare an Ethical Will 255
How to Write a Living Will 257
Saying Yizkor 261
How to Take a Dip in the Mikvah 264
How to Save the Planet 267
Avoiding the Evil Eye 269
Doing Teshuva 271
How to Be a Mentsch 273
How to Bring the Mashiach! 274
Instant Information
Angels and Demons 277
The Twenty-Third Psalm 279
Mourner's Kaddish 281
Hallel Psalms 284
Order of the Prayer Service 291
The Twelve Tribes of Israel 295
The Ketubah 297
Jewish Divorce: The Get 302
Hakafot for Simchat Torah 307
Who's Who and What's What on a Page of ...? 312
Jewish Acronyms 316
Jewish Surnames and Their Meanings 320
Rashi Script 322
Who's Who in the Bible 323
The 613 Commandments 328
Magazines, Newspapers and Journals 350
Videos and Video Distributors 357
The Electronic Arts 360
Extra Holiday How To's
Making (International) Charoset 363
Baking Hamantaschen 366
Making Etrog Jam 368
Sending Mishlo'ach Manot 370
Making Cheese Blintzes 372
Making a Tu Bishevat Seder 374
Dipping Apples in Honey (and Not Getting Stuck) 378
Life Cycle Checklists 380
How to
Interpret Dreams 387
Ameliorate a Bad Dream 389
Add Meaning to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party 393
Prepare a Meaningful Passover Family Seder 395
Celebrate Lag B'Omer 398
Improve Your Derekh Eretz 400
Annul a Vow 402
Choose a Synagogue 404
Do Ushpizin for Sukkot 406
Spiritualize Your Morning Waking Moments 408
Kasher a Home 410
Behave in a Synagogue 414
Count a Minyan 417
Devise a Mitzvah Performance Plan 419
Do Jewish Meditation 422
Make a Havdalah Kit 424
Move Toward Greater Shabbat Observance 427
Observe Yom Hashoah 432
Personalize a Bar/Bat Mitzvah 434
Plan a Spiritual Trip to Israel 437
Pray with Kavannah 440
Start a Study Chavurah 443
Talk to Your Kids About God 446
Use the Book of Pslams 449
Choose a Religious School 452
Teach Civic Responsibility 455
Explain Death to Children 457
Honor the Memory of the Deceased 459
Do an Unveiling 461
Do a Taharah 463
Instant Information
Seven Laws of Noah 466
Psalm 31: Woman of Valor 468
Shalom Aleikhem 470
Jewish Ethical Advice 473
Redeeming Captives 476
The Biblical Precepts Relevant to the Founding of the United States 478
Who's Who in Bible Commentators 481
Rabbinic Remedies for Illness 484
Prophets of the Bible 486
Names of God 494
Jewish Numerology 497
Jewish Superstitions 500
Notable Quotations from the Bible 502
Best Times to Get Married 503
The Confessional 505
Sing Hava Nagilah 507
Who's Who in Rabbinic Commentators 509
Sephardic Customs 512
Twenty-Year Calendar of Jewish Holidays 516
Sabbath Table Songs 521
Healing Prayers, including Mi Sheberakh Prayers 525
Basic Jewish Library 528
Avoiding Lashon Hara 532
Basic Terms in Kabbalah 534
Books of the Talmud 537
Fifteen Morning Blessings 541
Healing Psalms 547
Index 561
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