A re-creation of Jewish prayer offering adapted blessings, poems and meditations for those seeking a modern, spiritual way of connecting with Jewish liturgy. Steeped in dialogue with Rabbinic tradition and complete with commentaries, this book is both for the general and the scholarly reader.
A collection of fascinating essays from influential Jewish philosophers and theorists, some of which were the founding members of Secular-Humanistic Judaism. These pieces stress that you do not have to be religious to connect with your Jewish identity. Contributors include David Ben Gurion, Albert Einstein, Ahad Ha'am, Yehuda Amichai and Yehuda Bauer.
Provides a rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have been used throughout history and around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewish folkways and customs,Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them.
The bestselling and prize-winning Israeli author Meir Shalev describes the many "firsts" of the Bible – the first love and the first death, to the first laugh and the first dream – providing a fresh, secular and surprising look at the stories we think we know.
A ceremonial guide in the form of a collection of writings on the Jewish festivals, life-cycle events and on humanistic themes. Recognising that celebration is a human need, Rabbi Wine has combined the intellectual and emotional elements of Jewish life into an original and inspirational format for personal reflection and community rejoicing. An affirmation of the ethical view of life, this book seeks to dramatize, in prose, poetry and song, what secular and humanistic Jews feel about their heritage.
"This volume describes explores key concepts in the discourse of Judaism as culture. It also includes a history of pluralism in Jewish culture and models for Humanistic Jewish education. The humanistic, non-religious approach of this book presents Judaism as the culture of the Jewish people and God as a literary figure created by the authors of the Bible, a figure that continues to exist as such today. The poetic and conceptual experience of reading the Biblical works exposes the human condition of its literary heroes." (from Amazon.com)
Drawing upon both archaeological and textual evidence, Rabbi Wine has written the first modern, secular narrative of Jewish history in an effort to illuminate the true roots of the Jewish people. Beginning in the pre-Jewish era of the Middle East, the book covers ancient Israel all the way to modern Israel.
A discussion based upon recent archaeological research, presenting a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbours. Argues that many of the most famous stories in the Bible reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts, and offers a fascinating perspective on when and why the Bible was written, and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.