Download and read online JPS B nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary in PDF and EPUB For too many Jewish young people, bar/bat mitzvah has been the beginning of the end of their Jewish journeys. When students perceive the Torah as incomprehensible or irrelevant, many form the false impression that Judaism has nothing to say to them. Enter the game-changer: The JPS B nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. The narrative summaries, big ideas, model divrei Torah, haftarot commentaries, and discussion questions will engage teens in studying the Torah and haftarot, writing divrei Torah, and continuing to learn Torah throughout their lives making it the book every rabbi, cantor, parent, and tutor will also want to have. Jewish learning for young people and adults will never be the same. "
Download and read online Study Guide to the JPS Bible Commentary in PDF and EPUB This supplement is perfect for individuals seeking greater understanding of the haftarot as independent literary entities and in the larger context of the Torah cycle and Jewish life; for leaders of adult education groups who wish to focus their study on the haftarot; and for b'nai mitzvah students preparing their divrei Torah.
Download and read online Coming of Age in Jewish America in PDF and EPUB The Jewish practice of bar mitzvah dates back to the twelfth century, but this ancient cultural ritual has changed radically since then, evolving with the times and adapting to local conditions. For many Jewish-American families, a child’s bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is both a major social event and a symbolic means of asserting the family’s ongoing connection to the core values of Judaism. Coming of Age in Jewish America takes an inside look at bar and bat mitzvahs in the twenty-first century, examining how the practices have continued to morph and exploring how they serve as a sometimes shaky bridge between the values of contemporary American culture and Judaic tradition. Interviewing over 200 individuals involved in bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, from family members to religious educators to rabbis, Patricia Keer Munro presents a candid portrait of the conflicts that often emerge and the negotiations that ensue. In the course of her study, she charts how this ritual is rife with contradictions; it is a private family event and a public community activity, and for the child, it is both an educational process and a high-stakes performance. Through detailed observations of Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and independent congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Munro draws intriguing, broad-reaching conclusions about both the current state and likely future of American Judaism. In the process, she shows not only how American Jews have forged a unique set of bar and bat mitzvah practices, but also how these rituals continue to shape a distinctive Jewish-American identity.
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Download and read online Text Messages in PDF and EPUB Young people need to be included in the struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for useful and relevant answers. This book presents a collection of messages on each Torah portion, specifically for today's teens. It shows them how each Torah portion contains worlds of meaning for them, for what they are going through in their lives and how they can shape their Jewish identity as they enter adulthood.
Download and read online Middot in PDF and EPUB A middah is a Jewish value. This book by Ron Isaac is an 'old-school' text book. No fancy graphics, no busy work exercises, etc. It has just chapters with introductions, stories, texts, and questions to discuss. Three to five pages are presented per value and twenty-five values are presented all together. This is a perfect classroom resource, teacher resource, or curricular foundation. It has everything you need to teach Jewish values to middle school, high school students, or adults.
Download and read online Three Times Chai in PDF and EPUB For Jews everywhere, the number 18 resonates deeply: it signifies life, as does every multiple of 18. And the Hebrew word for life is Chai. In three Times Chai, 54 rabbis introduce us to favorite stories that exemplify for them a Jewish ideal or principle: a triple helping of life's blessings in one unusual anthology. Here you will find stories that inspire, teach or simply amuse, each accompanied by a note discussing the lessons that can be drawn from it and why it is a particular rabbi's favorite. Perfect for reading aloud or alone, Three Times Chai makes a wonderful gift, a valuable resource for sermons, and a singular tool for promoting thoughtful conversation in the classroom.
Download and read online The Heart of Torah Volume 2 in PDF and EPUB In The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held’s Torah essays—two for each weekly portion—open new horizons in Jewish biblical commentary. Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity, and God’s summoning of each of us—with all our limitations—into the dignity of a covenantal relationship.
Download and read online The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling in PDF and EPUB The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling provides a clear, practical guide to working with congregants in a range of settings and illustrates the skills and core principles needed for effective pastoral counseling. The material is drawn from Jewish life and rabbinic pastoral counseling, but the fundamental principles in these pages apply to all faith traditions and to a wide variety of counselling relationships.? Drawing on relational psychodynamic ideas but writing in a very accessible style, Friedman and Yehuda cover when, how and why counseling may be sought, how to set up sessions, conduct the work in those sessions and deal with difficult situations, maintain confidentiality, conduct groupwork and approach traumatic and emotive subjects. They guide the reader through the foundational principles and topics of pastoral counseling and illustrate the journey with accessible and lively vignettes. By using real life examples accompanied by guided questions, the authors help readers to learn practical techniques as well as gain greater self-awareness of their own strengths and vulnerabilities. With a host of examples from pastoral and clinical experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone offering counselling to both the Jewish community and those of other faiths. The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling will appeal to psychoanalysts, particularly those working with Jewish clients, counselors, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and rabbis offering pastoral counseling, as well as clergy of other faiths such as ministers, priests, imams and lay chaplains.
Download and read online Chanting the Hebrew Bible in PDF and EPUB CD contains: Detailed instructions on chanting the Torah and summaries of the other five systems.
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Download and read online Sex in the Texts in PDF and EPUB Rabbi Paul Yedwab, author of several books, introduces students to controversial texts and related commentary from our tradition, ranging from B'reishit to other biblical, rabbinic, kabbalistic, and responsa texts. These are the stories and narratives not usually discussed in the classroom. It may sometimes be uncomfortable to talk about these texts. This collection makes it clear that in its more than 4,000-year history, Judaism has had an astonishing breadth in its perceptions on every aspect of our sexual lives. Sex in the Texts will enable students to make connections between the texts and their lives and help them learn Jewish perspectives on sexuality, love, and marriage, as well as topics like deception, abortion, adultery, and rape.
Download and read online Hybrid Judaism in PDF and EPUB American Jewish identity has changed significantly over the course of the past half century. Kleinberg analysis of Greenberg's recognition theology of Hybrid Judaism represents a compelling understanding of contemporary American Jewish identity.
Download and read online The Schocken guide to Jewish books in PDF and EPUB Offers an annotated bibliography of books about Judaism, Jewish history, American Jews, the Holocaust, Israel, Zionism, Jewish mysticism, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, and Jewish customs
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