The author of this much-needed book is a Christian father helping his Jewish wife raise Jewish children. Together, they have made many tough decisions. It's no secret that interfaith marriages are complicated, especially when both partners are connected to their own religious faiths and communities. Using a healthy dose of humor and insights gleaned from his own experience, Keen provides couples with practical advice and solutions for how to give children a clear Jewish identity while maintaining a comfort level for both parents. Any family, no matter what the faiths of its individual members, can find his approach relevant. Interfaith homes come in all shapes and sizes; no two are alike. However, the foundations that will help them thrive are the same, and Keen's straightforward ideas are sure to help. Includes perspectives from professionals who work with interfaith families.
Living Torah: Selections from Seven Years of Torat Chayim
LIVING TORAH is an anthology of over 180 d'vrei Torah from the first seven years of Torat Chayim. This outstanding collection, edited by Rabbi Elaine Glickman, is the perfect gift for students of Torah, b'nei mitzvah students, or anyone preparing a d'var Torah.
Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism
This outstanding anthology of thirteen essays by esteemed leaders of the Reform rabbinate reexamines the role of mitzvot in liberal Judaism as viewed through philosophical, experiential, and practical contexts. In this groundbreaking collection, Niles E. Goldstein and Peter S. Knobel identify the challenges of living as a Reform Jew in today's rapidly changing world.
Coming from a wide range of experiences and viewpoints, the essayists contend that for Judaism to survive, Reform Jews must find a balance between maintaining a strong presence in the arenas of social action and basic Reform principles and adopting a strong ideology of observance, tradition, and literacy.
Includes 13 essays with an introduction by the editors
Authoritative works by key leaders of the Reform movement
Comprehensive look at today's understanding of mitzvot
Gender Gap, The: A Congregational Guide for Beginning the Conversation about Men's Involvement in Synagogue Life
Studies report decreased involvement in Jewish communal life on the part of both men and boys. Anecdotal information backs up this trend. There are often more women than men at services, more girls than boys in youth groups, and more women than men on the synagogue boards. What is behind these numbers and why? This book presents ideas, reflective essays, and program ideas meant to start the conversation in the synagogue about this phenomenon. There are no definite answers here, rather a choice to test some ideas and begin a dialogue.