Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays-Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, volume 2
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From classic sources (e.g., the Bible, the Mishnah, Maimonides, the Zohar) to modern figures (e.g., Agnon, Heschel, Wiesel, Hammer) and contemporary alternative meditations, Steinberg invites all Jews to participate more fully in the historical, ethical, and theological dimensions of these great festivals. 220 pages, softcover. Jewish Publication Society.

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Title: Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays-Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, volume 2
By: Paul Steinberg
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Jewish Publication Society
Dimensions: 10 X 7 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
ISBN: 0827608497
ISBN-13: 9780827608498
Stock No: WW608498

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Named a 2007 National Jewish Book Award Runner-Up in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.

JPS’s new holiday books take us through the joys, spirit, and meaning of the seasons. Blending the old and the new, they ground us in the origins and traditions of each holiday and open up to us ways we can add our own expression to these special days. Although synagogue ritual is touched upon, the real focus here is on our personal connections to each holiday and our home observance.

As we move from season to season, Paul Steinberg shares with us a rich collection of readings from many of the Jewish greats—Maimonides, Rashi, Nachmanides, Shlomo Carlebach, Marge Piercy, Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green, and others—and he guides us in discovering for ourselves the many treasures within each text. The readings teach us about the history of each holiday, as well as its theological, ethical, agricultural, and seasonal importance and interpretation; others give us inspiration and much food for thought.

These stories, essays, poems, anecdotes, and rituals help us discover how deeply Jewish traditions are rooted in nature’s yearly cycle, and how beautifully season and spirit are woven together throughout the Jewish year. 

Author Bio

Rabbi Paul Steinberg is lecturer in Jewish Studies and Education in the Graduate School of Education at American Jewish University. He also serves as associate rabbi and educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. Prior to joining VBS, Rabbi Steinberg served as the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Studies and Hebrew at Levine Academy: A Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas. He holds master’s degrees in both education and rabbinic studies and was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He is the author of The Study Guide to Jewish Ethics (JPS, 2003), articles on Hebrew Bible and Jewish education.

Janet Greenstein Potter is the editor of several JPS publications, including the National Jewish Book Award Finalist Wise and Not So Wise, Praise Her Works, Zayda Was a Cowboy, Sarah’s Journey, and The Kids’ Catalog of Animals and the Earth, a book about the environment and the Jewish tradition.

Editorial Reviews

“A superb addition to personal, family, school and community library Judaic Studies reference collections, Celebrating the Jewish Year is very highly recommended and informative reading that will help the reader to create a memorable holiday experience for themselves and their loved ones that will be enhanced in both meaning and spirit.”—Midwest Book Review



“This is the kind of book where a reviewer says ‘every family should own one.’ All three volumes will make excellent contributions to the celebrations of our Jewish holidays.”—Sybil Kaplan, National Jewish Post and Opinion

 

"Rabbi Paul Steinberg . . . has produced a nicely interwoven guidebook that could help readers not only deepen their understanding of the winter holidays, but also make their observance more personal and meaningful."—Robin K. Levinson, Jewish Book Council

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