The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays Paperback – 1 Sep 1993
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"The Jewish Way confirms and makes even more widely accessible what Rabbi Greenberg's enchanted following already knows: That he is one of the great teachers of our generation."--Cynthia Ozick
"Perceptive, enriching, profoundly moving this volume by Irving Greenberg will further inspire his many followers who wish to understand and receive the joy and anguish of the Jewish tradition."--Elie Wiesel" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rabbi Irving Greenberg is the Founding President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, an organization dedicated to the renewal of clal Yisrael-the unity and totality of the Jewish people. He has been a pioneer in leadership education and a leading figure in intra-Jewish dialogue and the development of pluralism. An Orthodox rabbi and Harvard Ph.D., Rabbi Greenberg has been a seminal thinker in confronting the Holocaust as an historical transforming event and Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a third era in Jewish history. Rabbi Greenberg has published articles and monographs on Jewish thought and religion, and is the subject of a book, Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World (Conversations with Rabbi Irving Greenberg as Conducted by Shalom Freedman), published by Jason Aronson Inc. He is currently President of CHAverIM Kol Yisrael/Jewish Life Network, a Michael and Judy Steinhardt Foundation, which develops new institutions and projects in religion, education, and culture to strengthen the inner life of American Jewry. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
brilliantly in bringing fresh life to our thoughts about the
Jewish year." -- Jewish Chronicle
In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Irving Greenberg explains
and interprets the origin, background, interconnections, ceremonial
rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays,
including Passover, Yom Kippur, Purim, Hanukkah, Holocaust
Remembrance Day and Israeli Independence Day. Giving detailed
instructions for observance - the rituals, prayers, foods, and
songs - he shows how celebrating the holy days of the Jewish
calendar not only relives Jewish history but puts one in touch with
the basic ideals of Judaism and the fundamental experience of life.
Insightful, original, and engrossing, The Jewish Way is an essential
volume that should be in every Jewish home, library, and synagogue.
"An important book, one that should be read, discussed, critiqued,
and then read over again." -- The Jewish Review
Greenberg places each holiday, festival and key point in the Jewish annual cycle, within its historical context. He also manages to draw the reader into its spiritual, theological, ethical, emotional and psychological significance for the Jewish soul, which is no mean feat. He is fair-minded and informative about the differences of opinion around some practices and dates (e.g. days commemorating the Shoah / Holocaust or Israel's Independence). I appreciated how Greenberg referred throughout to the 'dialectical movement' within and between particular liturgical practices and festivals - Judaism often wrestles with and accepts the paradox of opposites, which is part of its of its great strength and wisdom.
Greenberg has managed to convey the trajectory of the whole Jewish year, the arch of Jewish history, and the scope of Jewish belief, practice and tradition. The book provides an excellent window into Judaism - this is more than just factual documentary. He has communicated something of the texture or Jewish life, thought and feeling as well. It is a serious book that takes commitment from the reader, but this commitment is worth the effort.