To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance

To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance

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by Hayim H. Donin, Norman Lamm
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465086322

ISBN-13: 9780465086320

Pub. Date: 10/28/1991

Publisher: Basic Books

This indispensable volume has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the traditional Jewish laws and customs as they apply to daily life in the contemporary world. The unique treasury of practical information and daily inspiration has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the ageless heritage of Judaism—Jewish attitudes, Jewish philosophy, and

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This indispensable volume has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the traditional Jewish laws and customs as they apply to daily life in the contemporary world. The unique treasury of practical information and daily inspiration has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the ageless heritage of Judaism—Jewish attitudes, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465086320
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
238,554
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

2001 Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Introduction3
Part 1The Underlying Creed
Chapter 1The Cornerstones of Judaism7
Israel--The People7
Israel--Its Land12
Israel--Its God18
Israel--Its Torah24
Chapter 2Halakha: The Jewish Way28
Chapter 3The Reasons for the Commandments33
Part 2The Daily Way of Life
Chapter 4Kindness: A Means and an End41
Acts of Kindness47
Laws of Charity48
Laws Relating to Slander, Revenge, and Deceit52
Laws Pertaining to Work and Wages55
Kindness to Animals56
Acts of Justice57
The Middle Road59
Chapter 5The Sabbath: An Island in Time61
Preparing for the Sabbath70
The Sabbath Eve72
The Sabbath Candles72
The Sabbath Table74
The Evening Services74
The Home Ritual and Kiddush75
Leisure Activities for the Sabbath81
The Sabbath Day82
The Morning Services82
Sabbath Morning Kiddush83
The Three Sabbath Meals84
Concluding the Sabbath85
The Ending of the Day85
Havdalah86
Tasks Forbidden on the Sabbath89
By Biblical Law89
By Rabbinic Law91
Sabbath Restrictions as Applied to Children93
A Word About the Automobile93
Suspension of Sabbath Rules96
Chapter 6The Dietary Laws: A Diet for the Soul97
The Forbidden Foods104
Requirement of Shehitah106
"Koshering" Meat107
Prohibition of Blood107
Koshering By Broiling108
Koshering By Soaking and Salting109
The Role of the Shohet and Kosher Butcher111
On Meat and Milk Mixtures112
Miscellaneous Prohibitions116
Kosher Food in Non-Kosher Vessels: On "Eating Out"117
Methods of "Kashering"119
Chapter 7Family Life: A Key to Happiness121
Honoring Parents128
The Education and Upbringing of Children129
Relationship of Husband and Wife133
Divorce135
Sexual Discipline in Marriage136
Modesty139
Abortion and Birth Control140
Abortion140
Birth Control141
Chapter 8Signs of the Covenant: Love and Reverence142
Tefillin144
Mezuzah152
Tzitzit and Tallit155
Prayer159
Shema163
Blessings When Called to Torah165
Blessings for Various Foods and Occasions167
Selected Forms of Grace After Meals170
Selected Morning Prayers175
A Word about the Prayer Book179
On Wearing a Headcovering180
Personal Grooming181
Chapter 9The Synagogue: Where Jews Assemble183
The Synagogue As Institution186
Responsibility of Synagogues Today188
Behavior in the Synagogue191
The Worship Services191
The Ritual Items193
Synagogue Personnel195
The Rabbi195
The Cantor195
The Sexton197
The Gabbai198
Role of the Kohen198
Ceremony of Priestly Benediction200
Part 3The Special Occasions of the Year
Chapter 10The Major Festivals209
The Second Festival Day of the Diaspora210
Kiddush for Festivals213
Chapter 11Passover218
Laws of Hametz and Matzah219
Preparing for the Passover223
Fast of the First Born and Pre-Seder Practices228
Conducting the Seder229
Counting the Omer236
Chapter 12Shavuot239
The Custom of Eating Dairy Food on Shavuot240
Chapter 13The Days of Awe242
How the Years Are Counted242
Why the First of Tishrai Is Celebrated As the New Year243
Rosh Hashana244
Yom Kippur246
Chapter 14Succot250
Dwelling in the Succah251
Construction of the Succah253
The Four Species254
Shmini Atzeret and Simhat Torah256
Chapter 15The Post-Biblical Holidays and Fast Days258
Hanukah258
Purim260
Tisha b'Av263
Other Special Days266
Tu B'shevat266
Lag B'omer266
Yom Atzmaut266
Yom Yerushalayim267
Minor Fast Days267
Part 4The Special Occasions of Life
Chapter 16Birth271
Naming of Children271
Bris: The Covenant of Circumcision273
Pidyon HaBen: Redemption of the First Born276
Chapter 17Adoption and Conversion280
Adoption of a Jewish Child280
Adoption and Conversion of a Non-Jewish Child281
Conversion283
Chapter 18Bar-Mitzvah and Bat-Mitzvah285
Chapter 19Marriage287
The Wedding Ceremony287
Prohibited Marriages289
Chapter 20Divorce Proceedings292
Halitzah--The Ceremony of Release294
Chapter 21Death and Mourning296
Burial and Autopsies297
Mourning Periods299
Comforting the Mourner302
Special Rules for the Kohen303
Kaddish304
Setting Up a Tombstone307
Selected Memorial Prayers308
The Yahrzeit310
Epilogue / The Meaning of Return313
Notes317
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study: a Selected List319
Index323

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To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JewGinger More than 1 year ago
This book helped me better understand the religion that is within my blood. I was highly interested in understanding it. Of course, I am Jewish, but within my life- Things were complicated religion-wise. I wish I could rate this a ten. This is truly wonderful. Even to Jews themselves- We can learn to understand our religion better.
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