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Called “enriching” and “profoundly moving” by Elie Wiesel, The Jewish Way is a comprehensive and inspiring presentation of Judaism as revealed through its holy days.
In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Irving Greenberg explains and interprets the origin, background, interconnections, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays, including Passover, Yom Kippur, Purim, Hanukkah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Israeli Independence Day. Giving detailed instructions for observance—the rituals, prayers, foods, and songs—he shows how celebrating the holy days of the Jewish calendar not only relives Jewish history but puts one in touch with the basic ideals of Judaism and the fundamental experience of life.
Insightful, original, and engrossing, The Jewish Way is an essential volume that should be in every Jewish home, library, and synagogue.
In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Greenberg explains and interprets theorigin, background, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all theJewish holidays, showing how they are related to Judaism's central themes andgiving detailed instructions for observing them.
PART I: THE VISION AND THE WAY
1. The Holidays as the Jewish Way
2. Judaism as an Exodus Religion: Passover
3. The Covenant of Redemption: Shavuot
4. Journey to Liberation: Sukkot
PART II: PERSONAL LIFE ALONG THE WAY
5. The Dream and How to Live It: Shabbat
6. Rebirth and Renewal: High Holy Days
PART III: WALKING THE WAY—THROUGH JEWISH HISTORY
7. Confronting Jewish Destiny: Purim
8. Assimilation, Acculturation, and Jewish Survival: Hanukkah
9. Destruction and Response: Tisha B'Av
PART IV: UNFOLDING THE WAY: JEWISH HOLIDAYS IN OUR TIME
10. The Shattered Paradigm: Yom Yashoah
11. Resurrection and Redemption: Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Appendix A: Two "Minor" Festivals: Rosh Hodesh and Tu B'Shvat
Appendix B: Passover—Prayer for the Seder
Appendix C: For Study and Discussion
Glossary of Names