To Be a Jew A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life

ISBN-10: 0465086322

ISBN-13: 9780465086320

Edition: 1991

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/11/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

2001 Foreword
The Underlying Creed
The Cornerstones of Judaism
Israel--The People
Israel--Its Land
Israel--Its God
Israel--Its Torah
Halakha: The Jewish Way
The Reasons for the Commandments
The Daily Way of Life
Kindness: A Means and an End
Acts of Kindness
Laws of Charity
Laws Relating to Slander, Revenge, and Deceit
Laws Pertaining to Work and Wages
Kindness to Animals
Acts of Justice
The Middle Road
The Sabbath: An Island in Time
Preparing for the Sabbath
The Sabbath Eve
The Sabbath Candles
The Sabbath Table
The Evening Services
The Home Ritual and Kiddush
Leisure Activities for the Sabbath
The Sabbath Day
The Morning Services
Sabbath Morning Kiddush
The Three Sabbath Meals
Concluding the Sabbath
The Ending of the Day
Tasks Forbidden on the Sabbath
By Biblical Law
By Rabbinic Law
Sabbath Restrictions as Applied to Children
A Word About the Automobile
Suspension of Sabbath Rules
The Dietary Laws: A Diet for the Soul
The Forbidden Foods
Requirement of Shehitah
"Koshering" Meat
Prohibition of Blood
Koshering By Broiling
Koshering By Soaking and Salting
The Role of the Shohet and Kosher Butcher
On Meat and Milk Mixtures
Miscellaneous Prohibitions
Kosher Food in Non-Kosher Vessels: On "Eating Out"
Methods of "Kashering"
Family Life: A Key to Happiness
Honoring Parents
The Education and Upbringing of Children
Relationship of Husband and Wife
Sexual Discipline in Marriage
Abortion and Birth Control
Birth Control
Signs of the Covenant: Love and Reverence
Tzitzit and Tallit
Blessings When Called to Torah
Blessings for Various Foods and Occasions
Selected Forms of Grace After Meals
Selected Morning Prayers
A Word about the Prayer Book
On Wearing a Headcovering
Personal Grooming
The Synagogue: Where Jews Assemble
The Synagogue As Institution
Responsibility of Synagogues Today
Behavior in the Synagogue
The Worship Services
The Ritual Items
Synagogue Personnel
The Rabbi
The Cantor
The Sexton
The Gabbai
Role of the Kohen
Ceremony of Priestly Benediction
The Special Occasions of the Year
The Major Festivals
The Second Festival Day of the Diaspora
Kiddush for Festivals
Laws of Hametz and Matzah
Preparing for the Passover
Fast of the First Born and Pre-Seder Practices
Conducting the Seder
Counting the Omer
The Custom of Eating Dairy Food on Shavuot
The Days of Awe
How the Years Are Counted
Why the First of Tishrai Is Celebrated As the New Year
Rosh Hashana
Yom Kippur
Dwelling in the Succah
Construction of the Succah
The Four Species
Shmini Atzeret and Simhat Torah
The Post-Biblical Holidays and Fast Days
Tisha b'Av
Other Special Days
Tu B'shevat
Lag B'omer
Yom Atzmaut
Yom Yerushalayim
Minor Fast Days
The Special Occasions of Life
Naming of Children
Bris: The Covenant of Circumcision
Pidyon HaBen: Redemption of the First Born
Adoption and Conversion
Adoption of a Jewish Child
Adoption and Conversion of a Non-Jewish Child
Bar-Mitzvah and Bat-Mitzvah
The Wedding Ceremony
Prohibited Marriages
Divorce Proceedings
Halitzah--The Ceremony of Release
Death and Mourning
Burial and Autopsies
Mourning Periods
Comforting the Mourner
Special Rules for the Kohen
Setting Up a Tombstone
Selected Memorial Prayers
The Yahrzeit
Epilogue / The Meaning of Return
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study: a Selected List
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