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The rhythm of Jewish time : an introduction to holidays and life-cycle events
Weber, Vicki L.
Publication Information:
West Orange, N.J. : Behrman House, [1999]

Physical Description:
168 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
On getting married -- On the birth of a baby -- On becoming bar/bat mitzvah -- On the death of loved one -- The fall holidays -- The spring holidays -- Shabbat -- Symbols of a Jewish home -- Holiday blessings, rituals, and songs -- The rhythm of the kitchen.
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Here, at last, is the ultimate one-volume how-to handbook for living a Jewish life. The Rhythm of Jewish Time is a must-have for every Jewish home. With its comprehensive walk through the Jewish calendar and life-cycle, enriched by dozens of explanatory photographs, this book helps families bring Jewish tradition into their homes. This book is divided into three sections: The Rhythm of Our Lives explains the meaning of the customs central to Jewish life-cycle events The Rhythm of Our Year presents the feasts, fasts, and festivals that mark the passage of the Jewish year The Rhythm of Our Homes is a guide to the ritual objects, blessings, songs, stories, and foods that make each holiday unique Whether read cover to cover or used as a reference book, this volume deserves a spot on every Jewish bookshelf. An ideal gift from the congregation to its new families.

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Library Journal Review

For many centuries, Jews lived as tiny minorities or in such small communities that often there was no common place such as a synagogue to celebrate life-cycle events and holidays. Family-based home celebrations therefore became part of Jewish life. Many Jews are still isolated and need guidance in developing a home life that revolves around Jewish practices and festivals. These books have been developed to bridge this gap. The Rhythm of Time answers many of the whys and wherefores of Jewish living. The book covers life-cycle events in detail and follows with an excellent overview of the most important Jewish holidays, Jewish observance in the home, and recipes for food to serve at lifecycle events and major holidays. Award-winning journalist Abramowitz and wife Silverman here apply the down-to-earth, hands-on approach of their web site . The book, divided into Traditions, Holidays, and Values, will speak to young parents trying to establish a Jewish home life. The "Hands on Judaism" section at the end of each chapter provides an opportunity for readers to extend their understanding of the information provided. An annotated resource list by topic, a listing of major American Jewish organizations, and a lengthy glossary round out the volume. Contemporary readers will find these books much livelier and more inviting in format than older treatments of the same topic. Public libraries will definitely want one or both.‘Olga B. Wise, Tandem Computers Inc., Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.