Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah

by Jeffrey K. Salkin
     
 

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Helps people find core spiritual values in American Jewry's most misunderstood ceremony—bar and bat mitzvah. In a joining of explanation, instruction and inspiration, Rabbi Salkin helps both parent and child truly be there when the moment of Sinai is recreated in their lives.See more details below

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Helps people find core spiritual values in American Jewry's most misunderstood ceremony—bar and bat mitzvah. In a joining of explanation, instruction and inspiration, Rabbi Salkin helps both parent and child truly be there when the moment of Sinai is recreated in their lives.

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"An invitation to all families to link the sacred act of 'going up' to the Torah with the sacred process of ‘growing up’ in faithfulness to God and community."
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (Reconstructionist), Beth-El Zedeck Congregation, Indianapolis

“I hope every family planning a bar or bat mitzvah celebration reads Rabbi
Salkin’s book.”
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (Conservative), author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“Shows the way to restore spirituality and depth to every young Jew’s most important rite of passage.”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (Orthodox), author of Jewish Literacy

“Raises the questions that most need to be asked at every bar and bat mitzvah.”
Rabbi Laura Geller (Reform)

Library Journal
This book is destined to enjoy great popularity, for it addresses an important Jewish life cycle occasion in an exciting, contemporary style. The catchy title reflects the tone of the book. In illuminating the meaning of the bar mitzvah ritual, Salkin covers all bases: history, sociology, and religion. Recognizing that the bar mitzvah is an emotional event, particularly in families that are not observant, he explains its significance as a link in the unbroken chain of Jewish tradition as well as a rite of passage. The chapter on the highlights of the Sabbath prayers is useful. Throughout, Salkin offers instant answers to the perplexing questions of faith and belief. In our age of instant gratification, this approach has great merit and appeal. For most Judaica collections.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580232227
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
742,416
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

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