Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays - 
      Paul Steinberg
    
      Janet Greenstein Potter

Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays

Hanukkah, Tu B'shevat, Purim

; Janet Greenstein Potter (Redaktør)

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

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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.
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Forlag: Jewish Publication Society
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 220
ISBN: 9780827608498
Format: 25 x 18 cm
National Jewish Book Award (Jewish Life) 2007
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“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


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“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

 

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«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»



























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Acknowledgementsxv
Introductionxvii
Framework of This Book1(4)




Part 1: Eternal Moments of Jewish Time





Time Defined

5(6)




Part 2: Hanukkah





From Darkness to Light

11(1)




A Young Holiday

12(3)




Revolt against an Empire

15(6)




Why Eight Days?

21(3)




The December Connection

24(2)




Lights, Dreidel, Action

26(6)




Hanukkah Foods

32(1)




From Gelt to Gifts

33(44)




Pathways Through the Sources





Maccabees: The Totalitarian Experience

36(1)




Maccabees: Phinehas-Mattathias Connection

37(1)




Siddur: Purely Sacred

38(1)




Babylonian Talmud: A Martyr's Account

39(1)




Babylonian Talmud: Gravity of the Miracle

40(1)




Nachmanides: Hanukkah Everlasting

41(1)




Sefat Emet: Triumph and Wholeness

42(1)




Sefer Ha-Toda'ah: Earning Eternity

43(1)




Lubavitcher Rebbe: The Flame Within

44(1)




Theodor H. Gaster: Diversity and Distinction

45(2)




Yehezkel Kaufmann: Judaism and Hellenism

47(1)




Interpretations of Sacred Texts





The Light of God

48(2)




Promote Sanctity---Do Not Diminish It

50(2)




Ma'oz Tzur and Redemption

52(2)




Significance of the Holiday: Some Modern Perspectives





Forging a New Parternship between God and Humanity

54(2)




Adam J. Raskin





The Ethical Implications of Ma'oz Tzur

56(2)




Laurie Hahn Tapper





Illumining the Chill of December

58(3)




Bradley Shavit Artson





The Messages behind the Music: Israeli Songs

61(6)




Gail Diamond





Alternative Meditations





The Menorah

67(3)




Theodor Herzl





Lights by Night

70(2)




Jonathan Wittenberg





An Entirely Different Gift List

72(5)




Wayne Dosick





Part 3: Tu b'Shevat





Awakening to Nature

77(1)




Ancient and Biblical Seeds

77(3)




Rabbinic Roots

80(1)




Medieval Budding

81(1)




Trunk and Branches from Kabbalah

82(4)




The Blooming of Zionism

86(2)




The Divine Meal

88(35)




Pathways Through the Sources





Tosefta: A Blessing upon Beauty

90(1)




Babylonian Talmud: Trees and Taxes

90(1)




Babylonian Talmud: The Earth Waits for Mankind

91(1)




Sefer Ha-Bahir: The Tree of Souls

91(1)




Sefer Ha-Hinukh: Do Not Destroy

92(1)




The Zohar: The True Tree of Life

93(1)




Ben Ish Chai: Soul Blossoms

94(1)




Tanchurna Buber: Natural Consequences

95(1)




Martin Buber: I Contemplate a Tree

95(1)




Ismar Schorsch: Creation and Crisis

96(2)




Interpretations of Sacred Texts





The Blessings of Fruit and Life

98(2)




Bal Tash'hit: Custodians, Not Owners

100(2)




Tithes as a Way to Presence and Reverence

102(2)




Significance of the Holiday: Some Modern Perspectives





The Heart of Jewish Ecology

104(4)




Daniel S. Isaacson





The Tu b'Shevat Seder

108(4)




David Seidenberg





Alternative Meditations





Re/Membering Nature

112(4)




Rami Shapiro





Gleaning the Harvest: A Torah Meditation

116(1)




Paul Steinberg





Melody of the Grasses

117(1)




Nachman of Bratzlav





Opening Our Eyes to Miracles: A Modern Midrash on the Burning Bush

117(1)




Matt Biers-Ariel





Deborah Newbrun





Michal Fox Smart





The Baal Shem Tov about Joy on Tu BeShvat

118(5)




Yitzhak Buxbaum





Part 4: Purim





Celebrating the Truth in Fantasy

123(1)




Purim in the Bible

124(2)




The Fast of Esther

126(2)




Megillah for All

128(3)




Making Merry

131(11)




Echoing Themes in the Book of Esther

142(39)




Pathways Through the Sources





Jerusalem Talmud: God's Acceptance of Purim

152(1)




Babylonian Talmud: Recognizing the Limits

152(1)




Bablyonian Talmud: Manifold Irony

153(1)




Midrash: Darkness Must Precede Light

154(1)




Rashi on Ta'anit: Season of Miracles

155(1)




Maimonides: Reviving the Spirits of the Lowly

156(1)




Solomon Alkabetz: The Secret of Esther's Success

156(1)




Sefat Emet: Out of Love Alone

157(1)




Mordecai Kaplan: The Jewish Minority

158(1)




H. L. Ginsberg: The Intent of Esther's Author

159(1)




Interpretations of Sacred Texts





A Half Shekel to Jewish Unity

160(2)




The Anxiety of Redemption

162(2)




The Root of Evil

164(2)




Significance of the Holiday: Some Modern Perspectives





From Reverence to Revelry

166(2)




Julie Pelc





God, Are You There?

168(2)




Elie Kaplan Spitz





Self and Other

170(2)




Robert J. Cabelli





She Makes Herself Seen: Gender and Power in Esther

172(3)




Alana Suskin





Alternative Meditations





A Purim Vision

175(1)




Michael Strassfeld





Purim and the Nazis: Two Reflections

176(1)




Lesli Koppelman Ross





Philip Goodman





Laughter

177(4)




Lawrence Kushner





Part 5: Guidance along the Way





The Holy Conversation

181(1)




Exploring Traditional Sources

182(19)
Endnotes201(24)
Glossary225(16)
Contributing Authors241(4)
Index245(12)
Author/Editor Biographies257
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.