Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians
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A window into Judaisms sacred daysthroughout history and today. Written especially for Christians.
Holy days and holidays provide the peak experiences of Jewish life. These moments speak deeply to the Jewish soul and animate Judaisms culture. They encourage Jews to participate in their shared historical experience, which reflects their covenantal relationship with God, and articulate Jewish values that have allowed for the survival of the Jewish people. But what can they mean to Christians seeking to understand their own faith?
In this special book, Rabbis Olitzky and Judson guide you through the major Jewish holidays and what they mean for the Jewish people. Each chapter explores a different holiday and explains the origin, historical background, customs and rituals that are part of observance and the holidays Christian parallels. Examining observance in both home and synagogueand in all Jewish denominationsthis easy-to-use guide to the Jewish holidays will be a valuable resource for your own understanding of Jewish sacred time throughout the year. And by linking the Jewish holidays to familiar Christian holidays and practices, you will be better able to appreciate the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate to and reflect your own spiritual foundation.
Rosh HashanahNew Year
Yom KippurDay of Atonement
SukkotFeast of Booths (Fall Harvest Festival)
Simchat TorahRejoicing in the Torah
Purim(Festival of Survival)
Shavuot(Receiving the Torah)
Tisha BAv (Mourning and Commemoration) and Other Special Days
Shabbat (Day of Rest)
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is the author of many books including Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources. He is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and is well known for his many inspiring books that bring the Jewish wisdom tradition into everyday life. Rabbi Daniel Judson, spiritual leader of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Canton, Massachusetts, is coeditor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal and coauthor of The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind during Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months (both Jewish Lights). He is a frequent guest speaker at both Jewish and Christian congregations.
- Jewish Lights Publishing, December 2006
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