JPS B nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary

Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780827613294
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Religion

For too many Jewish young people, bar/bat mitzvah has been the beginning of the end of their Jewish journeys. When students perceive the Torah as incomprehensible or irrelevant, many form the false impression that Judaism has nothing to say to them. Enter the game-changer: The JPS B nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. The narrative summaries, big ideas, model divrei Torah, haftarot commentaries, and discussion questions will engage teens in studying the Torah and haftarot, writing divrei Torah, and continuing to learn Torah throughout their lives making it the book every rabbi, cantor, parent, and tutor will also want to have. Jewish learning for young people and adults will never be the same. "

The JPS Rashi Discussion Torah Commentary

Author: Sarah Levy
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780827613478
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Religion

Rashi, the medieval French rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040–1105), authored monumental commentaries on the Hebrew Bible and the Babylonian Talmud. With The JPS Rashi Discussion Torah Commentary, his commentary on the Torah—regarded as the most authoritative of all Torah commentaries—is finally accessible to the entire Jewish community. Steven and Sarah Levy quote from the biblical text in both Hebrew and English, highlight Rashi’s comments relating to the parashah, and delve into his perceptive moral messages in the context of twenty-first-century dilemmas. Each portion features three essays with analysis and discussion questions that draw on universal human experiences, enabling families and Shabbat study groups to deepen their understanding of Rashi and the portion over the three Sabbath meals. Readers with little or no knowledge of Hebrew, the Torah, or Jewish practice will feel comfortable diving into this discussion commentary. All Hebrew terms are defined, quoted verses contextualized, and less familiar Jewish concepts explained.

Mitzvah Torah

Author: Jewish Publication Society of America
ISBN: 0827607393
Release Date: 2001-08-01
Genre: Bibles

Elegantly designed slipcase Gilded-edge pages Stamped binding 424 pp.

Coming of Age in Jewish America

Author: Patricia Keer Munro
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813575964
Release Date: 2016-05
Genre: Family & Relationships

The Jewish practice of bar mitzvah dates back to the twelfth century, but this ancient cultural ritual has changed radically since then, evolving with the times and adapting to local conditions. For many Jewish-American families, a child’s bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is both a major social event and a symbolic means of asserting the family’s ongoing connection to the core values of Judaism. Coming of Age in Jewish America takes an inside look at bar and bat mitzvahs in the twenty-first century, examining how the practices have continued to morph and exploring how they serve as a sometimes shaky bridge between the values of contemporary American culture and Judaic tradition. Interviewing over 200 individuals involved in bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, from family members to religious educators to rabbis, Patricia Keer Munro presents a candid portrait of the conflicts that often emerge and the negotiations that ensue. In the course of her study, she charts how this ritual is rife with contradictions; it is a private family event and a public community activity, and for the child, it is both an educational process and a high-stakes performance. Through detailed observations of Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and independent congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Munro draws intriguing, broad-reaching conclusions about both the current state and likely future of American Judaism. In the process, she shows not only how American Jews have forged a unique set of bar and bat mitzvah practices, but also how these rituals continue to shape a distinctive Jewish-American identity.

Chanting the Hebrew Bible Student Edition

Author: Joshua R. Jacobson
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 0827610483
Release Date: 2005-08-05
Genre: Religion

The e-book edition does not include the audio CD that's included with the paperback edition. The most authoritative guide on cantillation. Joshua Jacobson?s masterpiece?the comprehensive 1000-page guide to cantillation?is now available in this e-book edition. It is an ideal instructional guide for adult and young-adult students of Torah, for b?nai mitzvah students, and for cantors, rabbis, and Jewish educators of all denominations. Like the original edition, it includes an explanation of the tradition and a description of the practice of chanting, with all its regional variations and grammatical rules. There is detailed instruction, with musical notation, on chanting of Torah, and shorter instructions for chanting the haftarah, the megillot, and readings for the High Holy Days. Joshua Jacobson, professor of music and conductor of the acclaimed Boston-based Zamir Chorale, has been Torah chanting since he was 10 years old. That life-long experience, combined with an unquenchable desire to reconnect the art of cantillation with the most convincing and accurate treatment of the ancient text possible, led him to create this indispensable teaching tool. Using Jacobson?s highly acclaimed approach, the ancient words come alive in a new, deeply emotional and most accurate way.

A Torah Commentary for Our Times Exodus and Leviticus

Author: Harvey J. Fields
Publisher: Urj Pr
ISBN: 0807403342
Release Date: 1991-11-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A provocative approach to the weekly sidrah, juxtaposing the insights of ancient, medieval, and modern commentators (including the author). Perfect for both beginning Torah students of all ages and scholars seeking new angles on the text. The three volumes are available individually or as a handsome three-volume boxed set, ideal for a bar or bat mitzvah or confirmation gift.


Author: Roger Bennett
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 9780761169192
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Religion

Announcing a smart, daring, original new take on the Torah. Imagine: 54 leading young Jewish writers, artists, photographers, screenwriters, architects, actors, musicians, and graphic artists grappling with the first five books of the Bible and giving new meaning to the 54 Torah portions that are traditionally read over the course of a year. From the foundational stories of Genesis and Exodus to the legalistic minutiae of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, Unscrolled is a reinterpreting, a reimagining, a creative and eclectic celebration of the Jewish Bible. Here's a graphic-novel version of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, by Rebecca Odes and Sam Lipsyte. Lost creator Damon Lindelof writing about Abraham's decision to sacrifice his son. Here's Sloane Crosley bringing Pharaoh into the 21st century, where he's checking out Òboils,Ó Òlice,Ó and Òplague of frogsÓ on WebMD. Plus there's Joshua Foer, Aimee Bender, A. J. Jacobs, David Auburn, Jill Soloway, Ben Greenman, Josh Radnor, Adam Mansbach, and more. Edited by Roger Bennett, a founder of Reboot, a network of young Jewish creatives and intellectuals, Unscrolled is a gathering of brilliant, diverse voices that will speak to anyone interested in Jewish thought and identityÑand, with its singular design and use of color throughout, the perfect bar and bat mitzvah gift. First it presents a synopsis of the Torah portion, written by Bennett, and then the story is reinterpreted, in forms that range from the aforementioned graphic novel to transcripts, stories, poems, memoirs, letters, plays, infographics, monologuesÑeach designed to give the reader a fresh new take on some of the oldest, wisest, and occasionally weirdest stories of the Western world, while inspiring new ideas about the Bible and its meaning, value, and place in our lives.

Putting God on the Guest List

Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 9781580232609
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

Updated resources for parents seeking more information about modern Jewish theology, holidays, and lifecycle events, and Jewish concepts and terminology accompany an updated list of places for tzedakah and information about what non-Jews should know about the bar and bat mitzvah service. Reprint.

The Gods Are Broken

Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780827611429
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Religion

The story of Abraham smashing his father’s idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness. Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, The Gods Are Broken! views the story of the young Abraham as the “primal trauma” of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Salkin shows how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. Salkin’s work—combining biblical texts, archaeology, rabbinic insights, Hasidic texts (some never before translated), philosophy, history, poetry, contemporary Jewish thought, sociology, and popular culture—is nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavor.

Judaism as a Civilization

Author: Mordecai M. Kaplan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780827609181
Release Date: 2010-01-11
Genre: Religion

In a book originally published in 1934, the author introduces a different way of looking at Judaism--as a changing religious civilization that requires new ideas in liturgy and ritual, the elimination of obsolete customs and an adjustment based on social, political and cultural conditions. Reprint.

The Jgirl s Guide

Author: Penina Adelman
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 9781580232159
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Family & Relationships

Provides advice and activities that focus on typical teen issues, and features quotes and lessons from the Hebrew Bible.

Book of Haftarot for Shabbat Festivals and Fast Days

Author: Sol Scharfstein
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
ISBN: 0881259292
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Religion

"The reading of the Torah as part of the synagogue service on Sabbaths, festivals, and fast days is followed by the reading of a selection from one of the prophetic books. This reading is known as the Haftarah, from the Hebrew word that means "conclusion" or "to take leave of."" "The Haftarah reading for each week was selected by the ancient rabbis because it has a correlation of some kind to the week's Torah portion. Many Haftarot deal with the same theme or subject as the Torah reading, so that the Haftarah seems to be an expansion or commentary on the Torah portion. Other Torah readings and Haftarot are related in other ways." "The origin of the custom of reading a selection from the Prophets after the Torah reading is unknown. Rabbi David Abudarham, who lived in the 14th century in Spain, claimed that the custom originated during the persecution that led up to the revolt by Judah Maccabee in the 2nd century B.C.E. Antiochus, the Syrian king, prohibited Torah reading in a brutal effort to stamp out Judaism. The Haftarot readings were introduced as a substitute. Later on, when the Jews won their freedom and restored the Torah reading, they retained the Haftarot readings in memory of this event." "The prophets of ancient Israel were a diverse group: some were farmers, some were shepherds, and some were members of the aristocracy; most were men, but a few were women. Whatever their background and training, they all boldly spoke out for God with prophetic messages calling for justice and peace." "The Book of Haftarot for Shabbat, Festivals and Fast Days: An Easy-to-Read Translation is the sequel to The Five Books of Moses: An Easy-to-Read Torah Translation."--BOOK JACKET.

The Heart of Torah Volume 2

Author: Shai Held
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780827613362
Release Date: 2017-09

In The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held's Torah essays--two for each weekly portion--open new horizons in Jewish biblical commentary. Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of empathy in Jewish ethics, the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology, the primacy of gratitude and generosity, and God's summoning of each of us--with all our limitations--into the dignity of a covenantal relationship.

Text Messages

Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 9781580235075
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Religion

Young people need to be included in the struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for useful and relevant answers. This book presents a collection of messages on each Torah portion, specifically for today's teens. It shows them how each Torah portion contains worlds of meaning for them, for what they are going through in their lives and how they can shape their Jewish identity as they enter adulthood.