Celebrating the Jewish Holidays: Stories, Poems, Essays / Edition 1

Celebrating the Jewish Holidays: Stories, Poems, Essays / Edition 1

by Steven J. Rubin
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Brandeis University Press

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Celebrating the Jewish Holidays: Stories, Poems, Essays / Edition 1

Celebrating the Jewish Holidays is a comprehensive collection of Jewish writing pertaining to the six most celebrated Jewish holidays (Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover). This impressive volume brings together literature from eastern and western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America, and contains work by some of the most renowned Jewish poets and writers from throughout the centuries. Among the many selections included are works by the medieval poets Yehuda Halevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol; fiction by the great Yiddish-language authors Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer; autobiographical essays by Golda Meir, Theodor Herzl, and Elie Wiesel; and selections from such well-known contemporary American-Jewish writers as Allegra Goodman, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Marge Piercy, and Nathan Englander.

Rubin’s informative introductory essays discuss the cultural and historical significance of each holiday and give context to the individual literary selections. The collection also includes useful biographic notes for all authors represented. This memorable volume will be a perfect and valued gift for any holiday throughout the year.

Marjorie Agosín, Sholom Aleichem, Yehuda Amichai, Sholom Asch, Robin Becker, Dunash Ha-Levi Ben Labrat, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Chana Bloch, Ruth F. Brin, Bella Chagall, Richard Chess, Elizabeth Ehrlich, Nathan Englander, Marcia Falk, Merle Feld, Isaac Goldemberg, Rebecca Goldstein, Allegra Goodman, Chaim Grade, Yehuda Halevi, Michelle Herman, Theodor Herzl, John Hollander, Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Alfred Kazin, Abraham M. Klein, Irena Klepfisz, Maxine Kumin, Emma Lazarus, Meyer Levin, A. Leyeles, Abraham Linik, Issac Luria, Golda Meir, Marga Minco, Tova Mirvis, Penina Moise, Kadya Molodowsky, Faye Moskowitz, Howard Nemerov, Joseph Opatoshu, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Linda Pastan, I. L. Peretz, Marge Piercy, Robert Pinsky, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Chaim Potok, Philip M. Raskin, Abraham Reisen, Charles Reznikoff, Adrienne Rich, Anne Roiphe, Norma Rosen, Muriel Rukeyser, Jessie E. Sampter, Alan Shapiro, Harvey Shapiro, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Israel Joseph Singer, Myra Sklarew, Ilan Stavans, Gerald Stern, Menahem Stern, Saul Tchernichovsky, Elie Wiesel, Eleanor Wilner, and Israel Zangwill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584651840
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2003
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

General Introduction1
Sabbath: Most Precious of Days
"A Song for the Sabbath"15
"I Spread the Board This Sabbath Eve"16
"My Mother, Her Memory Be Blessed"17
"Sabbath Hours"19
"Song of the Sabbath"21
"The Five Day Week"23
"Shabbat Moment"24
"Sabbath," from A Meditation in Seven Days25
"Der mames shabosim/My Mother's Sabbath Days"27
"Bless Us with Peace, Angels of Peace"30
"The Kitchen" from A Walker in the City33
"Sabbath" from Bitter Herbs40
"Sabbath" from Miriam's Kitchen43
"The Weekday Mother and the Sabbath Mother," from Salvation53
"Short Friday"60
From Missing70
Rosh Hashanah: The Honey of Promises
"For New Year's Day"89
"Rosh Hashanah"91
"Rosh Hashanah, 5643"92
"The Eve of Rosh Hashanah"94
"For Paul Celan and Primo Levi"95
"At the New Year"97
"At the Jewish New Year"99
"A Three-Course Meal for the New Year"101
"The Eve of Rosh Hashanah, 500 Years after the Inquisition"105
"Rosh Hashanah," from Burning Lights109
From My Mother's Sabbath Days114
From Night117
"Rosh Hashanah," from The Alphabet in My Hands120
"The Poor Community"125
"A Bratslaver Hasid"130
"The Prophecy of the New Year"139
Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement
"On the Day of Atonement"156
"Yom Kippur, 5726"157
"The Converts"159
"Yom Kippur (Chacra Colorada, 1955)"162
"Open Gate"163
"Yom Kippur, Taos, New Mexico"164
"The Yom Kippur War," from My Life169
From My Mother's Sabbath Days175
"The Day Without Forgiveness," from Legends of Our Time178
From The Alphabet in My Hands184
"Yom Kippur in Hell"189
"A Yom Kippur Scandal"194
Hanukkah: The Power of Light
"Festival of Lights"217
"The Banner of the Jew"218
"The Feast of Lights"220
"A Night in Hanukkah"222
"Chanukah Lights"224
"Hanukkah" from Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays226
"These Candle Lights"227
"A Christmas Story"229
"A Generation Reclaims Hanukkah"233
"Miracles for a Broken Planet"236
"Taking Down the Christmas Tree"239
"Hanukkah, A Brief Reminiscence"242
"The Menorah"247
"Hanukkah in the Poorhouse"250
"Gifts of the Last Night"257
"Reb Kringle"263
Purim: The Gift of Esther
"The Banquet of Esther"283
"Satan and Haman"286
"Purim in Palestine"287
"Five Characters"288
"Purim in Winter"292
"Ceremony of Spring"293
"Haman's Ears"296
"Purim in England," from Children of the Ghetto301
"Purim Gifts," from Burning Lights302
"The Purim Gift," from In My Father's Court309
From the Book of Esther315
"Purim Players"324
From The Ladies Auxiliary329
Passover: Celebration of Freedom
"Passover Psalm"347
"The Way Out," from Akiba348
"Pharaoh's Meditation on the Exodus"351
"Miriam's Song"357
"Broken Matzah"361
"On the Eve of the Warsaw Uprising"363
"The Penitent," from Old-New Land367
From A Leak in the Heart368
From Debra, Golda, and Me371
"Passover," from Miriam's Kitchen373
"Home for Passover"383
"The Four Questions"396
Biographic Notes415

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