Welcome to the Family!: Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience

Welcome to the Family!: Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience

by Lois Sussman Shenker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883991418
Publisher: White Cloud Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

In the Beginning: An Introduction1
1Welcome to the Family8
2Judaism, Jewishness, and the Jewish Experience15
Believing: What Jews Believe About God19
Behaving: The Observance of Mitzvot21
Belonging: The Role of Community23
3Understanding the Basics26
Different Approaches to Judaism27
The Torah: The Source33
The Covenant36
Shabbat37
Synagogue and Prayer44
Historical Perspective48
A Timeline49
Women in Judaism51
Dietary Laws: From Kosher to Trayf54
4Life Cycle Events58
Weddings59
Birth65
Bar and Bat Mitzvah67
Death and Mourning70
5The Holiness of Time: Holidays and the Jewish Calendar76
The High Holidays79
Rosh Hashana: The Jewish New Year80
Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement82
Sukkot: The Festival of Booths83
Simchat Torah: The Rejoicing of the Torah85
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights86
Tu B'shvat: The Birthday of the Trees89
Purim: The Festival of Freedom89
Pesach (Passover): Remembering the Exodus93
Shavuot: The Giving of the Ten Commandments101
Tish B'av: A Jewish Day of Mourning102
Modern Holidays103
6Explanations and Definitions104
Answers to Common Questions104
Jewish Views on Contemporary Topics109
Ritual Objects111
Jewish Ethnic Foods117
Appendices121
I.Blessings121
II.Glossary and Pronunciation Guide124
III.Suggestions for Further Reading132

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