The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life-cycle Events

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Behrman House, Inc, 2000 - Religion - 307 pages
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Rabbi Cardin--writing as a religious leader, friend, neighbor, wife, mother, and daughter--guides us toward a fuller understanding of Judaism. She invites us to become weavers of tradition; to knit our personal stories together with those of our ancestors and our community; and to honor, savor, and celebrate the sacred in our lives. This important addition to the Jewish family library presents detailed explanations of each ritual, along with historical, cultural, and scriptural background. By describing traditional rites as well as contemporary innovations--the Passover seder and Miriam's Cup, baby-naming ceremonies and the practice of wrapping the newborn in a tallit--Rabbi Cardin shows how we can honor and add to our tradition. Supplementary margin notes offer: Examples of ethical wills Personal anecdotes Rabbinic stories, folk tales, and poetry Tips on addressing the December Dilemma Enhancing the volume are exquisite drawings by Ilene Winn-Lederer, a mini-prayerbook of blessings for home observance, and a 20-year calendar of Jewish holidays. Rabbi Cardin invites us to record details of our observance in Personal Weavings--favorite holiday recipes, family rituals, and prayers of the heart--so that the Jewish tradition may be renewed and enriched. The Tapestry of Jewish Time reflects a profound spirituality that inspires us all to contribute to the lush weave of Jewish life.
 

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Contents

Prologue A Union of Weavers
1
Entering the Story
3
The Jewish Holidays 2 The Story of Time
13
The Blessings of Everyday
21
The Palace in Time
35
The New Moon
47
The Birthday of the World
55
The Day of Atonement
58
Holocaust Remembrance Day
147
Songs of Israel
161
The Giving of the Torah
171
A Time of Mourning
179
Jewish LifeCycle Events 17 Thresholds in Time
189
Affirming the Covenant
193
Bar and Bat Mitzvah and Beyond
207
The Sanctification of Love
217

The Journey and the Joy
82
The Festival of Lights
95
The New Year of the Trees
111
The Holiday of Masks and Miracles
119
The Festival of Freedom
129
A Life to Be Remembered
226
Prayers and Rituals for the Home
247
Personal Weavings
271
Calendar of Jewish Holidays
297
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