Taking Judiasm Personally

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Taking Judaism Personally is an intimate look not only at the inner meaning of being Jewish, but also at the way Americans construct a faith out of the spiritual chaos of contemporary society. Judy Petsonk, a writer and teacher in the vanguard of the Jewish renewal movement, shows how she and many others have rediscovered comfort, joy, and wonder in Judaism. They are the creators of the Havurah movement: circles of close friends who study, pray, and celebrate important events together. They are Jewish feminists ...
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New York 1996 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. An intimate look at the inner meaning of being Jewish and at ... the way Americans construct their faith out of the chaos of contemporary society, how circles of people can come together to study, pray, and celebrate important religious events together, how women can integrate feminism into Judaism and its practice, finding new approaches to religious education and childrearing, much more. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains appendix, glossary, notes, 338pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival plastic protector. Rare. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Taking Judaism Personally is an intimate look not only at the inner meaning of being Jewish, but also at the way Americans construct a faith out of the spiritual chaos of contemporary society. Judy Petsonk, a writer and teacher in the vanguard of the Jewish renewal movement, shows how she and many others have rediscovered comfort, joy, and wonder in Judaism. They are the creators of the Havurah movement: circles of close friends who study, pray, and celebrate important events together. They are Jewish feminists struggling to redefine their role within traditional Judaism. They are young families looking for new approaches to religious education and childrearing. Searching their souls and the traditional sources, they have achieved a meaningful and satisfying form of spirituality. Rich with stories (including the author's) of twenty years of Jewish renewal, Taking Judaism Personally provides examples and inspiration for Jews seeking to create their own connection to Jewish tradition and community.
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Petsonk has written an account of her spiritual odessey through the uniquely American "Havurah" Judaism that originated in the 1960s. Raised in a tepid Jewish reform environment, Petsonk sensed a deep spiritual pull while working as a young rookie reporter in Dayton, Ohio, and began her life-long association with experiential Judaism. Over the years, she became acquainted with most of the founders of the Havurah movementMax Tichtin and Michael Waskow, among othersand provides exceptional insight into their charismatic leadership. She captures the fervor, passion, and sense of community of Havurah, as well as its ambiguities and lack of direction. The Havurah may be fading, since a new generation has not replaced the original leaders. Petsonk succeeds in encapsulating the spirit and style of a fascinating aspect of American Judaism.Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684828091
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
On Names, Pronunciation, and Time
1 Entering the Gate 3
2 Havurah: Community of Individualists 8
3 Learning as Worship: The Question Is the Answer 23
4 Community as Sanctuary, Calendar as Catechism: Jewish Time and Jewish Space in an American Life 47
5 Action as Prayer: The Judaism of Justice 74
6 Justice in Judaism: The Feminist Revolution 105
7 From Exile to Homecoming: Jews in America, Gays and Lesbians in Judaism 126
8 Celebrating: Creating New Traditions 140
9 Path or Dwelling Place: Living by Jewish Law 154
10 Praying: Ancient Words, New Reasons 189
11 Beyond Father and King: Reimagining God 209
12 Unbinding the Boundaries: Mysticism, Music, Moving, and Mixtures 220
13 Meditation: Nothingness and Self 252
14 Putting It All Together - For Now 269
Now It's Your Turn: Steps Toward Defining Your Jewish Self and Shaping Your Jewish Community 281
App Go and Learn 293
Glossary 321
Notes 329
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