The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings [NOOK Book]

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Discover how to make virtually any moment in your day a significant part of a meaningful Jewish life.

As we have discovered, and as our sages have long known, there is no experience in the life of a Jew that cannot be marked in Jewish ways…. The book you hold in your hands is the result of the kinds of rituals we have sculpted together over the years. It is not a prayer book or even a compendium of obligatory ...

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Overview

Discover how to make virtually any moment in your day a significant part of a meaningful Jewish life.

As we have discovered, and as our sages have long known, there is no experience in the life of a Jew that cannot be marked in Jewish ways…. The book you hold in your hands is the result of the kinds of rituals we have sculpted together over the years. It is not a prayer book or even a compendium of obligatory Jewish rituals. Rather, it is a source for all to use creatively.
—from the Introduction

Decades of experience by CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in connecting spirituality with daily life come together in this one comprehensive handbook. In these pages, you have access to teachings that can help to sanctify almost any moment in your day.

Offering a meditation, a blessing, a profound Jewish teaching, and a ritual for more than one hundred diverse everyday events and holidays, this guide includes sacred practices for:

  • Lighting Shabbat candles
  • Blessing your parents
  • Running a marathon
  • Visiting the sick
  • Building a sukkah
  • Seeing natural wonders
  • Moving into a new home
  • Saying goodbye to a beloved pet
  • Making a shiva call
  • Traveling ... and much more

Drawing from both traditional and contemporary sources, The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices will show you how to make more holy any moment in your daily life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A totally original and deeply needed book... Takes you by the hand and shows you how to make every important moment of your life holy."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values

"Provides a refreshing and innovative path into Jewish life and ritual. Its format is easily accessible and will inspire both new learners and those who are more knowledgeable about Judaism."
Rabbi Lori Forman, director of the Jewish Resource Center, UJA–Federation of New York; co-author of Sacred Intentions: Daily Inspiration to Strengthen the Spirit, Based on Jewish Wisdom

“Clal's important work provides sensitive and innovative ways to help us find greater Jewish meaning in many moments in our life.”
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor of The Women's Haftarah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Haftarah Portions, the 5 Megillot & Special Shabbatot

“An extraordinary guide for elevating the everyday activities of our lives into spiritual moments! An essential volume for the Jewish home.”
Dr. Ron Wolfson, vice president of the University of Judaism; author of Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration and The Art of Jewish Living series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580235617
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 676,059
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Vanessa L. Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment of the Arts, she is author of several books, coauthor of The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, and co-editor, with Rabbi Irwin Kula, of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings (both Jewish Lights).

Vanessa L. Ochs is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish Ritual Innovation
  • Haggadah
  • Jewish Feminism
  • What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish
  • Raising Kids with Jewish Values

Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leading voice for religious pluralism in the Jewish community. A sought-after speaker, he was named by the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as one of the "10 People to Watch" helping to shape the American spiritual landscape. Fast Company magazine listed him as one of the seventeen new economy leaders, and Forward newspaper named him one of the top fifty Jewish leaders in America. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, PhD, is Director of Organizational Development at CLAL. He was ordained at the St. Louis Rabbinical College and received his
Ph.D. in Psychology from St. Louis University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University.

Rabbi Daniel Silberman Brenner is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL. He received his M.A. in Hebrew Letters and his ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Shari Cohen, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shari Cohen, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rabbi Niles E. Goldstein, formerly a CLAL Steinhardt Senior Fellow, received his M.A. from and was ordained at Hebrew Union College.

Michael Gottsegen, PhD, is Director of Internet Programs at CLAL. He received his PhD in Political Theory from Columbia University and is completing his PhD in Religion at Harvard University.

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, PhD, is President Emeritus and co-founder of CLAL. He received ordination from Beth Joseph Rabbinical Seminary and his PhD in History from Harvard University.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL. He received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of
Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is Director of Leadership and Communities at CLAL. He received ordination from the Institute of Traditional Judaism and his M.A. and M.Phil. in Ancient Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Janet R. Kirchheimer is Director of Community Development and Assistant to the President of CLAL. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State College.

David Kraemer, PhD, is a CLAL Associate. He received his M.A. and PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Jennifer E. Krause is a CLAL Associate. She received her M.A. in Hebrew Literature from and was ordained at Hebrew Union College.

Rabbi Benay Lappe was a CLAL Spielberg Fellow and is a CLAL Associate. She received an M.A. in Rabbinic Literature and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD, is the director of the Oraita Institute for Continuing Rabbinic Education of Hebrew College, and assistant professor of rabbinics at Hebrew College. His writings on rabbinic literature and on Judaism and the environment have appeared in several academic and popular journals.

Rabbi David Nelson, PhD, is a Senior CLAL Associate. He received his ordination from Hebrew Union College and his Ph.D. in Midrash from New York University.

Rabbi Rachel T. Sabath is a CLAL Associate. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College. She is completing a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Robert Rabinowitz, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. He received his PhD in Philosophy from London University.

Andrew Silow-Carroll was a CLAL Spielberg Fellow. He received his B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Rabbi Lawrence Troster was a CLAL Steinhardt Fellow. He received his M.A. and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, PhD, an award-winning Jewish educator, is widely recognized for making the study of Judaism and its sacred texts accessible and relevant to our everyday lives. She is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study (www.maqom.com) and a recipient of the Covenant Award for outstanding performance in the field of Jewish education. She teaches through the ALEPH rabbinic program and is author of Learn Talmud and Talmud for Beginners, among other books about Talmud and prayer. She is a popular speaker on the topics of Jewish learning and sacred literature.

Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leading voice for religious pluralism in the Jewish community. A sought-after speaker, he was named by the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as one of the "10 People to Watch" helping to shape the American spiritual landscape. Fast Company magazine listed him as one of the seventeen new economy leaders, and Forward newspaper named him one of the top fifty Jewish leaders in America. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Vanessa L. Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment of the Arts, she is author of several books, coauthor of The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, and co-editor, with Rabbi Irwin Kula, of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings (both Jewish Lights).

Vanessa L. Ochs is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish Ritual Innovation
  • Haggadah
  • Jewish Feminism
  • What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish
  • Raising Kids with Jewish Values
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
About the Contributors ix
Preface xi
Introduction: Renew the Old, Sanctify the New 1

EVERYDAY LIFE
Waking Up 8
Praying for What We Need 10
Washing Our Hands 14
Eating 16
Making a List of Things to Do 18
Preparing a Family Recipe 22
Going to Work 24
Organizing Your Room, Your House, Your
Office, Your Affairs, Your Life 28
Traveling 30
Keeping a Sense of Home When You Are on the Road 32
Spending Time with Family 34
Having Guests of Different Faiths at Our Table 38
Bringing Home a New Pet 40
Gardening 42

PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Hoping to Have a Child 46
Celebrating Pregnancy 50
Welcoming a New Child 54
Nursing 58
Guiding Our Growing Children toward Independence 60
Preparing for Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah 62
Sending a Child to College 66
Blessing One's Parents 68

RELATIONSHIPS
Falling in Love 72
Celebrating the Difference You've Made in Each Other’s Lives 74
Ending a Relationship 78
Healing Relationships 82
Receiving Guests 86
Blessing One’s Hosts 90

SPECIAL MOMENTS
Celebrating a Private Miracle 94
Celebrating Birthdays 96
Hearing Good News 98
Being a Guest at a Wedding 100
Seeing Natural Wonders 102
Standing at a Crossroads 106
Running a Marathon 110
Noticing a Change in the Seasons 114
Moving into a New House 118
Joining a Synagogue 122
Taking on a Jewish Name 126
Wearing a Tallit for the First Time 130
Retiring 132

HEALING
Praying for Healing 136
Visiting the Sick 138
Finding Hope in a Time of Illness 142
Treating a Patient 144
Starting to Work Out 148
Quitting Smoking 152
Creating Opportunities, Opening Doors 154

LIFE AND DEATH
Hearing of a Death 158
Making a Shiva Call 160
Remembering the Loss of Someone You Love 164
Moving Out of Mourning and Back into Life 168
Writing an Ethical Will 170
Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Pet 172

LEARNING
Starting School 176
Beginning to Study Torah for the First Time 178
Studying Sacred Texts Each Day 182
Finishing an Important Book 186
Honoring a Teacher at the End of the Year 188

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNAL LIFE
Building a Pluralist Jewish Community 192
Examining Ourselves as Leaders 196
Taking on New Responsibilities 200
Taking on a Volunteer Role 204
Holding a Meeting 208
Installing a New Communal Leader 210
Celebrating a New Community Building 214
Naming a Community 218
I

SRAEL
Going to Israel 222
Visiting Jerusalem 226
Sending Your Child to Israel 230
Returning from Israel 232

TZEDAKAH
Preparing Ourselves to Do Sacred Work 236
Donating Food and Clothing 240
Soliciting Support 242
Receiving Requests for Contributions 246
Making a Contribution 248
Dedicating a Wall or Plaque that Honors Donors 250
Wearing Your Commitments 254

HOLY DAYS
Shabbat 257
Lighting Shabbat Candles 258
Blessing Children on Shabbat 260
Rosh Hashanah 263
Changing Your Fate for the Coming Year 264
Preparing Your Prayers for the High Holidays 268
Casting Away Our Sins (Tashlikh) 272
Hearing the Shofar 276
Yom Kippur 279
Fasting 280
Sukkot 283
Building a Sukkah 284
Receiving Sukkah Guests 286
Waving the Lulav and Etrog 290
Taking Down a Sukkah 294
Simchat Torah 297
Dancing with the Torah 298
Chanukah 301
Lighting the Menorah 302
Rededicating Your Home on Chanukah 306
Purim 309
Preparing Mishloach Manot 310
Passover 313
Removing Chametz from One’s Home 314
Searching for the Afikoman (for Grown-Ups) 318
Counting the Omer 322
Yom Ha’atzma’ut 325
Celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day 326
Shavuot 329
Studying Together on Shavuot 330
Rosh Chodesh 333
Celebrating Rosh Chodesh 334
About the Translations 337
About CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership 338

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    Posted November 11, 2001

    A must for the library of every spiritual seeker.

    This well organized book would be a great addition to the library of any person who wants to mark the important and the ordinary events of their lives with spiritual significance. Nearly every holiday, life cycle event and daily activity has its' own page with a blessing, a teaching and a ritual. You will love pulling it off your bookshelf when you are looking to add meaning to the magnificent or the seemingly mundane.

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