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This book presents an array of strange facts and curiosities about Jewish customs and rituals. In the great body of Jewish literature there are a plethora of fascinating (but relatively unknown), strange, and unusual statements, curiosities, oddities, and other bits of information that have accumulated over the centuries. This book gathers these curiosities and presents them thematically for the reader's pleasure.
In Legends of Biblical Heroes, Ronald H. Isaacs presents synopses of the lives of many major figures in the Bible. Included with each synopsis are short legendary passages related to his or her life, and several biblical legends that continue to speak to us across the generations. Figures presented in this volume include Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Rachel, Leah, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, David, and Solomon.
Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs' highly acclaimed series of Every Person's Guides provides modern readers with the essential information necessary to grasp the topics he explores. A gifted educator, Rabbi Isaacs understands the needs of his readers as he provides them with a wonderful balance between background material and the details of religious practice. While Rabbi Isaacs is not offering halachic (legal) guides, he does give modern readers both the fundamentals as well as rich supportive materials. Whether Rabbi Isaacs is walking his readers through a Jewish holy day or a topic like death and dying, he does so in a user-friendly, warm and upbeat style. This new series by one of America's most prolific Jewish writers is destined to become a classic.
Here, Rabbi Ronald Isaacs presents an array of material related to the joyous festival of Purim, including an examination of its history, celebration, laws and customs, commemorations, and legends.
This book provides the reader with an introduction to important philosophical ideas of Jewish philosophers throughout history.
The Sabbath is the only holiday included in the Ten Commandments, and the observance of it has given the Jewish people an opportunity to rest their minds and bodies. The Sabbath is primarily a home oriented occasion, although there are several prayer services that take place in the Synagogue both Friday evening and Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. There are also a variety of home rituals which are intended to unify the family and add an aura of sanctity to the home. This volume is a user friendly guide to the Sabbath. Topics include: the origin of the Sabbath from biblical times through Temple times; synagogue and home observance, including detailed how-to Shabbat guidelines; a series of games and activities suitable to be played on Shabbat; the Jewish definition of work on the Sabbath; the laws and customs of the Sabbath and their rationale; Shabbat zemirot (table songs) with illustrations; the liturgy of the Sabbath service and commentary on the various specialized prayers for the Sabbath; Sabbath legends; notable quotations related to the Sabbath; the Sabbath in short story, and a glossary of terms and books for further reading.
There were fifteen important prophets in Israel, whose lives covered nearly four centuries, beginning about 750 B.C.E. Known as the literary prophets because they wrote down their prophecies, they were chosen by God at a time of social and political crisis in the community. Their task was to warn, criticize the morals and ethics of their day, and counsel and comfort the Israelite people. This book presents an overview of the literary prophets and the nature of their prophecies. They include Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Obadiah, Nachum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, and Jonah. In addition to the so-called literary prophets, there were other people in the Bible referred to as prophets as well. Gideon, in the Book of Judges, was referred to as a prophet, Deborah is called a prophetess in the Book of Judges. Moses was twice called a prophet in the Bible and even Abraham is once referred to as a prophet in the Book of Genesis. Messengers of God: A Jewish Prophets Who's Who explores these prophets as well. Topics in this volume include: what is a prophet; varieties of prophets; commissioning of the prophet; preliterary prophets; false prophets; Moses; Deborah; prophetic signs and visions; values of the prophets; prophecy in the Talmud, philosophers and prophets, and prophets in the liturgy and rabbinic sources. Messengers of God: A Jewish Prophets Who's Who will enable the reader to have a better understanding of the nature of the prophets and their works.