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.
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.
"Long considered a classic, The Jewish Festivals 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, Hayyim Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them." (from Amazon.com)
"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)