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[H1]Contents Introduction [NL] 1. What does being Jewish mean? Part 1: The Development of Judaism [NL] 2. Joseph's saga and the journey to Egypt: The historical context of Passover [NL] 3. The Exodus: Deliverance from slavery in Egypt [NL] 4. Schism and rebellion: The historical context of Hanukkah [NL] 5. The Maccabean Rebellion and the reclaiming of the Temple [NL] 6. Exile in Persia: The historical context of Purim [NL] 7. Esther makes her case and the Jews prevail [NL] 8. Branches of Judaism under Greek and Roman rule [NL] 9. The difference between Karaitic, Ashkenazic, and Sephardic Jews [NL] 10. Orthodox Judaism [NL] 11. Reform Judaism [NL] 12. Conservative Judaism [NL] 13. The emergence of Reconstructionism in twentieth-century America [NL] 14. The schism between mystics and traditionalists, and the beginning of Hasidism [NL] 15. Hasidic practices today Part 2: Essential Beliefs and Laws [NL] 16. The Torah: Judaism's cornerstone [NL] 17. The Talmud: Applying the laws of the Bible to life [NL] 18. Using the responsa tradition to answer contemporary questions [NL] 19. Midrashim: Interpretive stories [NL] 20. Halakha: Jewish law and accumulated jurisprudence [NL] 21. The Ten Statements [NL] 22. The 613 mitzvot [NL] 23. Other laws: Geizeirah, takkanah, minhag, and lashon-ra [NL] 24. Basic tenets: The Thirteen Principles of Faith [NL] 25. Striving to comprehend the nature of God [NL] 26. The eternal nature of the soul [NL] 27. The Jewish concept of the afterlife [NL] 28. Resurrection and the world to come [NL] 29. Honoring the dead [NL] 30. Spirituality and mysticism: Connecting to divine sparks [NL] 31. The Kabbalah [NL] 32. Understanding God's essence through the Kabbalistic Tree of Life [NL] 33. Establishing justice through good deeds [NL] 34. The Jewish outlook on interfaith marriage and divorce [NL] 35. What does keeping kosher mean? Part 3: Religious Services and Objects [NL] 36. What it means to be a rabbi [NL] 37. What does a cantor do? [NL] 38. The importance of prayer [NL] 39. House of prayer: The synagogue [NL] 40. Prayer during formal worship [NL] 41. Blessings [NL] 42. Important things to know when attending a Jewish prayer service [NL] 43. Items found in the synagogue [NL] 44. "Laying" tefflin [NL] 45. Why do Jews wear skullcaps, prayer shawls, and tassles? [NL] 46. Judaic decorations: The Star of David, the chai, and the hamesh [NL] 47. The mezuzah and other religious items found in Jewish homes Part 4: Holy Days and Festivals [NL] 48. Observing Shabbat [NL] 49. Why are certain activities prohibited during Shabbat? [NL] 50. Shabbat services [NL] 51. What do Jewish families do during Shabbat? [NL] 52. Seeking forgiveness and reconciliation during the Days of Awe [NL] 53. Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish Near Year [NL] 54. Rosh Hashanah: Ceremonies, customs, and services [NL] 55. Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement [NL] 56. Which activities are prohibited on Yom Kippur? [NL] 57. Yom Kippur preparations and services [NL] 58. The significance of Sukkot [NL] 59. Building and using a sukkah [NL] 60. Sukkot services and liturgy [NL] 61. Shemini Atzeret: The Assembly of the Eighth Day [NL] 62. Simchat Torah: Completing the cycle of readings [NL] 63. Hanukkah's religious significance [NL] 64. Lighting the Hanukkah menorah [NL] 65. Hanukkah customs, traditions, and services [NL] 66. Purim obsesrvances and celebrations [NL] 67. A time for rejoicing and celebrating [NL] 68. Recognizing the hidden face of God and the power of the individual [NL] 69. What is chametz? [NL] 70. Passover services and observances [NL] 71. The Passover seder [NL] 72. Key elements of the seder ceremony [NL] 73, Shavuot: The Festival of Weeks [NL] 74. Shavuot services [NL] 75. Tisha B'Av: Memorializing the destruction of the Temples [NL] 76. Tu B'Shevat: New Year for Trees Part 5: Ceremonies and Milestones [NL] 77. Finding a soulmate through a matchmaker [NL] 78. The Jewish view of marriage [NL] 79. Mitzvot that deal with marriage and sexual relations [NL] 80. Kiddushin and the ketubah: Betrothal and marriage contract [NL] 81. Key elements in a Jewish wedding ceremony [NL] 82. Marking the birth of a new child [NL] 83. The Jewish view on adoption and abortion [NL] 84. The importance of naming ceremonies and the circumcision ritual [NL] 85. Redemption ceremonies [NL] 86. Bar and bat mitzvah: Becoming sons and daughters of the commandment [NL] 87. The bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies [NL] 88. Parties, feasts, and other activities to celebrate bar and bat mitzvahs [NL] 89. Confirmation: Celebrating continued education [NL] 90. Jewish funeral ceremonies [NL] 91. What does sitting shiva mean? [NL] 92. The final phases of mourning [PN]Part 6: Jewish Custom, Culture, and Tradition [NL] 93. The Hebrew language as a common thread [NL] 94. The sacred language and the mother tongue [NL] 95. Hebrew's renaissance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries [NL] 96. The history of Yiddish literature [NL] 97. The rise of modern Jewish writing [NL] 98. Yiddish poetry, drama, journalism, and music in the twentieth century and beyond [NL] 99. Jewish cuisine [NL] 100. Common food dishes [NL] 101. Jewish humor as a means of speaking about existential questions
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Judaism -- Doctrines.
Judaism -- Customs and practices.