Called “enriching” and “profoundly moving” by Elie Wiesel, The Jewish Way is a comprehensive and inspiring presentation of Judaism as revealed through its holy days.
In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Irving Greenberg explains and interprets the origin, background, interconnections, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays, including Passover, Yom Kippur, Purim, Hanukkah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Israeli Independence Day. Giving detailed instructions for observance—the rituals, prayers, foods, and songs—he shows how celebrating the holy days of the Jewish calendar not only relives Jewish history but puts one in touch with the basic ideals of Judaism and the fundamental experience of life.
Insightful, original, and engrossing, The Jewish Way is an essential volume that should be in every Jewish home, library, and synagogue.
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About the Author
Rabbi Irving Greenberg is the Founding President of CLALThe National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, an organization dedicated to the renewal of clal Yisraelthe unity and totality of the Jewish people. He has been a pioneer in leadership education and a leading figure in intra-Jewish dialogue and the development of pluralism. An Orthodox rabbi and Harvard Ph.D., Rabbi Greenberg has been a seminal thinker in confronting the Holocaust as an historical transforming event and Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a third era in Jewish history. Rabbi Greenberg has published articles and monographs on Jewish thought and religion, and is the subject of a book, Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World (Conversations with Rabbi Irving Greenberg as Conducted by Shalom Freedman), published by Jason Aronson Inc. He is currently President of CHAverIM Kol Yisrael/Jewish Life Network, a Michael and Judy Steinhardt Foundation, which develops new institutions and projects in religion, education, and culture to strengthen the inner life of American Jewry.
Table of Contents
A Word to the Reader
PART I: THE VISION AND THE WAY
1. The Holidays as the Jewish Way
2. Judaism as an Exodus Religion: Passover
3. The Covenant of Redemption: Shavuot
4. Journey to Liberation: Sukkot
PART II: PERSONAL LIFE ALONG THE WAY
5. The Dream and How to Live It: Shabbat
6. Rebirth and Renewal: High Holy Days
PART III: WALKING THE WAYTHROUGH JEWISH HISTORY
7. Confronting Jewish Destiny: Purim
8. Assimilation, Acculturation, and Jewish Survival: Hanukkah
9. Destruction and Response: Tisha B'Av
PART IV: UNFOLDING THE WAY: JEWISH HOLIDAYS IN OUR TIME
10. The Shattered Paradigm: Yom Yashoah
11. Resurrection and Redemption: Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Appendix A: Two "Minor" Festivals: Rosh Hodesh and Tu B'Shvat
Appendix B: PassoverPrayer for the Seder
Appendix C: For Study and Discussion
Glossary of Names
What People are Saying About This
Perceptive, enriching, profoundly moving—this volume by Irving Greenberg will further inspire his many followers who wish to understand and receive the joy and anguish of the Jewish tradition.