Author: Cantor Matt Axelrod
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
For those seeking to learn more about Jewish celebrations, Cantor Matt Axelrod has written Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder. Intended for the reader who has no prior knowledge about the Jewish holidays as well as the reader who knows the basics about the holidays but wants to understand them on a deeper level, Axelrod’s book takes a humorous, light-hearted look at the eleven most important Jewish holidays. Instead of simply explaining that Jews are obligated to observe in a certain way because of a biblical text, Axelrod shows where each holiday, along with its rituals, came from in a historical context.
Author: Kerry M. Olitzky, Daniel Judson
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Written especially for Christians, a comprehensive guide to the major Jewish holidays explores each holiday's historical development, basic information about the holiday's meaning, and the ways it is observed today. Original.
Author: Michael Strassfeld, Betsy Platkin Teutsch, Arnold M. Eisen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
The coeditor of the enormously popular Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers understand more fully the meaning of our holidays and thereby to observe these festivals . . . with a greater devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
Author: Ruth Kozodoy
Publisher: Behrman House, Inc
Discusses the significance and the customs of various Jewish holidays including Sukkot, Purim, and Yom Hashoah. Provides activities and crafts for each holiday.
Author: Ronald Tauber
Publisher: Chronicle Books
From lighting the menorah on Chanukah to standing under the chuppah at a wedding, every Jewish ritual reflects a time-honored practice passed down for generations. This delightful ebook shares the beloved stories and traditions behind Jewish celebrations, from year-round holidays to once-in-a-lifetime special events. Featuring lush illustrations that capture the heart of Jewish tradition as well as a glossary of important terms for each holiday, this ebook is a treasure to be shared at any occasion—from bar and bat mitzvahs to Passover seders.
Author: Paul Steinberg, Janet Greenstein Potter
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Offers prayers, sources, rituals, and stories to help understand and celebrate the Jewish holidays.
Author: Abigail Pogrebin
Publisher: Fig Tree Books
In the tradition of The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs and Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler comes Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year, a lively chronicle of the author’s journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance; she wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, some for thousands of years. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation, and writing about the milestones on the religious calendar. Whether in search of a roadmap for Jewish life or a challenging probe into the architecture of Jewish tradition, readers will be captivated, educated and inspired by Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.
Author: Nicholas de Lange
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In this book contemporary Judaism is presented in all its rich diversity, including both traditional and modern theologies as well as secular forms of Jewish identity. While the focus of the book is on developments that have taken place in the past two hundred years, they are set against a historical background, going back to the Bible. Beginning with a description of the Jewish people as it exists in today's world, it studies the unique concept of Jewish peoplehood and its survival over the centuries in the face of many challenges. An account of the key texts is followed by studies of the different interpretations of the religion, and the ways that life is lived out both in the home and in the community. Jewish theology is described both historically and in terms of contemporary issues. An important and distinctive section considers the goals of Jewish life and faith.
Author: Dalia Hardof Renberg
A good one-volume holiday kit for families looking for basic information and ideas for celebrating the holidays. in addition to the basic facts about the holiday, each chapter contains stories, songs, craft ideas, and recipes.
Author: Cantor Matt Axelrod
Publisher: Jason Aronson
In Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Cantor Matt Axelrod provides a practical, humorous guide for Jewish students and their families as they prepare for their “big day.” Breezy and friendly yet reassuring and focused, Axelrod easily cuts through the fear and stress that teens often feel in the months leading up to their bar or bat mitzvah. In addition to helping the student prepare for the bar or bat mitzvah by walking the reader through the service and providing helpful study tips for learning a Torah and haftarah portion, Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah also helps both students and their families cope with the stressors associated with the planning of the celebration, addressing everything from teens’ fears about making mistakes to time management skills to dealing with family over/underinvolvement. Cantor Axelrod’s experience helping hundreds of teens prepare for their bnei mitzvah will help students and families not just survive but understand and enjoy this important Jewish milestone.
Author: Lesli Koppelman Ross
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
This innovative how-to guide and reference book on the Jewish holidays provides a well-rounded foundation for both knowledge and action. Unlike many books of its kind, Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holidays Handbook is nondenominational and comprehensive in approach. The author includes the historical development, religious importance, and personal significance of each Jewish holy day in a way that is useful to both beginners and those well versed in Jewish practice. The richness and depth of Jewish tradition, with a full range of information on why and how to celebrate, is presented in a lively, warm, and user-friendly manner.
Author: Nicolas D. Mandelkern, Vicki L. Weber
Publisher: Behrman House, Inc
A friendly, concise introduction to Jewish holiday celebration, this book includes everything from building a sukkah to enjoying the warmth of Shabbat with family to celebrating Hanukkah. It includes holiday songs, recipes, blessings and photos.
Author: Lesléa Newman
Here is the world, ever changing and new, Spinning with joy at the wonder of you! Here Is the World is a joyous celebration of the Jewish holidays throughout the year for young children. Beginning with the weekly observance of Shabbat, readers join a family through the holidays and the corresponding seasons. From sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to lighting the menorah for Chanukah to rattling a grogger for Purim, and on through the Jewish year, the joy and significance of each holiday beautifully come to life.In addition to the narrative text, there is a description of each holiday in the back matter along with an easy craft or recipe. Praise for Here is the World "Both lovely and eminently useful." --Kirkus Reviews "Illustrating the change of seasons, Gal’s charcoal and digital collage images effervesce with cheery colors, moving from the radiant gold, yellows, and reds of autumn to the greens and blues of spring—with a stop in snowy winter for Chanukah, of course." --Publishers Weekly
Author: Danielle Dardashti, Roni Sarig, Avi Katz
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
This celebration of Jewish family life is the perfect guide for families wanting to put a new Jewish spin on holidays, holy days, and even the everyday. Full of activities, games, and history, it is sure to inspire parents, children, and extended family to connect with Judaism in fun, creative ways.
Author: Adin Steinsaltz
Publisher: The Toby Press/KorenPub
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – renowned scholar, philosopher and spiritual guide – here reveals the essence of the Jewish calendar. With a unique combination of intellectual brilliance and accessibility, Rabbi Steinsaltz probes the meaning of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Hanukka, Purim, Pesah and the other Jewish holidays. His insights provide whole new ways of understanding the holidays, appreciating their depth, and experiencing them to their fullest: “Our festivals and holidays, remembrance days and special occasions, ensure that the paths of our lives do not remain merely dusty roads lacking meaningful points of distinction… These special days are the landmarks, signposts, and lights along the way…openings through which we may emerge from the stagnancy and rut of life's routine. They provide us with opportunities not only to celebrate and mourn, but also to renew and change ourselves…” Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – renowned scholar, philosopher and spiritual guide – here reveals the essence of the Jewish calendar. With a unique combination of intellectual brilliance and accessibility, Rabbi Steinsaltz probes the meaning of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Hanukka, Purim, Pesah and the other Jewish holidays. His insights provide whole new ways of understanding the holidays, appreciating their depth, and experiencing them to their fullest: “Our festivals and holidays, remembrance days and special occasions, ensure that the paths of our lives do not remain merely dusty roads lacking meaningful points of distinction… These special days are the landmarks, signposts, and lights along the way…openings through which we may emerge from the stagnancy and rut of life's routine. They provide us with opportunities not only to celebrate and mourn, but also to renew and change ourselves…”