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The rituals & practices of a Jewish life : a handbook for personal spiritual renewal
Olitzky, Kerry M.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
xxii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Tefillin / Kerry Olitzky -- Tallit and tallit katan / Haviva Ner-David -- The broad spectrum of kashrut / Mark Sameth -- Entering Shabbat / Daniel Judson and Kerry Olitzky -- Daily prayer / Mark Kligman -- Torah study / Ruth Gais -- Blessings throughout the day / Nina Beth Cardin -- Covering the head / Daniel Judson -- Upon rising and going to bed : traditional morning and evening blessings / Andrew Vogel.
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An inspiring how-to guide to help you understand and participate in a Jewish spiritual life.

Across the spectrum of Jewish observance, people are seeking ways to give higher meaning to their spiritual lives--but how do you know where to begin, and what should you do first?

This easy-to-use handbook explains the why, what and how of ten specific areas of Jewish ritual and practice. Each chapter provides you with guidance and background if you are just beginning to explore Jewish ritual and practice, and offers creative ways to deepen the meaning of Judaism in your daily life, even if you are experienced with ritual observance.

All of the chapters have personal stories of people who have taken on Jewish ritual, and will inspire you to consider how to infuse your life with the wisdom of Jewish tradition.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A life marked by ritual was previously the province of traditional Jews, but today, more and more liberal Jews are adopting the practices of kippah (yarmulke), tallith (prayer shawl), tefillin (phylacteries), mikvah (ritual bath), daily blessings, prayer and Torah study as paths to living with greater purpose. Liberal Jews may observe these rituals not because of their "commandedness," but because they are "intensely poetic expressions of being Jewish," writes Vanessa Ochs in her foreword. Though this system of discipline might seem oppressive to an outsider, it can bring people closer to God and to themselves, the editors suggest. Each of 10 chapters by a different rabbi, educator or leader focuses on a specific ritual; each includes personal testimony, basic how-to information, transliterated and translated blessings, step-by-step instructions and a bibliography. The struggles, dilemmas and rewards inherent in religious practice are vividly portrayed through humorous and poignant stories of family, coming of age, journeys, searching, rebellion, return and connection. The authors present rabbinic perspectives alongside feminist voices and nontraditional ways of observance (for instance, observing Shabbat by gardening, which is traditionally prohibited). One quibble: where the authors offer others' personal testimony in the midst of their own, the layout can be confusing. However, that one drawback doesn't detract from this practical, accessible and fascinating guide for those who want to enter Jewish ritual or further enrich their own practice. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved