Passage to Pesach: Preparing for Passover through Text and Tradition

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Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach ranks among the most popular but there is more to it than matzah! This unique book encourages an enriched, textbased understanding of why we do what we do. Pesach is a holiday that helps define Jews as individuals as well as a people. This book will help you discover your own place in the rich Pesach tradition by reflecting on the countless memories and applications afforded by Jewish custom. For individual or group study.
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Overview

Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach ranks among the most popular but there is more to it than matzah! This unique book encourages an enriched, textbased understanding of why we do what we do. Pesach is a holiday that helps define Jews as individuals as well as a people. This book will help you discover your own place in the rich Pesach tradition by reflecting on the countless memories and applications afforded by Jewish custom. For individual or group study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807408582
  • Publisher: URJ Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 10.54 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX
Part I. Introduction 1
1. Preparing for Passage 3
2. Ancient Pesach: How Many Passages? 10
Part II. Our Tradition's Measured Passage to Pesach: Five Special Shabbatot 21
3. Shabbat Sh'kalim: Touching the Mundane, Striving for the Sacred 27
4. Shabbat Zachor: Seeing Our Memories as They Define Us Today 38
5. Shabbat Parah: Following the Scent of a Red Heifer 52
6. Shabbat HaChodesh: Tasting Pesach in Public Places, in Private Spaces 64
7. Shabbat HaGadol: Hearing One Another to Listen for God's Voice 77
Part III. Pesach as Passage: Cups of Wine, Biblical Promises 89
8. History of the Haggadah: Telling the Pesach Story through the Ages 95
9. The First Cup--V'hotzeiti: Matzah, Soul Food of Freedom 104
10. The Second Cup--V'hitzalti: Seder Plate Objects, Sacred Symbols 114
11. The Third Cup--V'gaalti: The Many Moods of Miracles 127
12. The Fourth Cup--V'lakachti: Songs of Blessing and Praise to God 140
13. The Fifth Cup--V'heiveiti: Elijah, Messianic Herald 154
14. The Sixth Cup: Miriam, Pesach Prophetess 165
Epilogue: Passage from Pesach to Shavuot 177
Abbreviations 185
Notes 187
Glossary 207
Bibliography 217
Index 223
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