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Moonbeams

A Hadassah Rosh Hodesh Guide

Edited by Carol Diament, PhD

8.5 x 11, 240 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-099-5

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This hands-on "idea book" focuses on Rosh Hodesh, the festival of the new moon, as a source of spiritual growth for Jewish women. A complete sourcebook which will initiate or rejuvenate women's study groups, it is also perfect for women preparing for bat mitzvah, those seeking to expand their Jewish education, or for anyone interested in learning more about Rosh Hodesh observance and what it has to offer.
Set up to guide readers through nine months of study and contemplation during each new moon, it can be used for spiritual exploring on your own, or as a group workbook.
The study texts, discussion questions, outline of a Rosh Hodesh service, Bible readings, poetry, suggested readings, and more combine to offer readers a bounty of information for learning about and incorporating this inspiring part of Judaism into their lives.
Selected Contents:
• The History and Observance of Rosh Hodesh
Kippah, Tallit, and Tefillin
• Claiming a Jewish Feminist Heritage
Ba’a lot Teshuvah
• Women and Israeli Law
• Women Rabbis
“This superb compendium, edited by Carol Diament, will surely meet the interest of female and male, young and old, scholar and tyro, Jew and even non-Jew who wishes to understand our uniqueness. Moonbeams can be used for solitary study, with a partner, and with Rosh Hodesh groups.  Authors Tanenbaum, Chernov, and Tropper delve richly into traditional sources and explore cutting edge issues…. Go and study through Moonbeams, for you will emerge from the experience more knowledgeable, more tolerant of denominational differences, and more loving of our vast tradition than you ever imagined.”
Blu Greenberg, author of On Women and Judaism and How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household
“Hadassah’s approach combines traditional Jewish learning, attention to particular women’s issues, and the specific spiritual concerns that animate many Jewish women in their lives and learning. This rigorous course of study is highly accessible and engaging, and can be used for Jewish learning on any level. Moonbeams’ collection of provocative texts can deepen the practice of observing Rosh Hodesh among Jewish women, a practice we have been privileged to see reborn and revitalized by our energies, in our own time.”
Vanessa L. Ochs, author of Words on Fire, professor of religious studies at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and editor of The Sacred Day Series for CLAL
“An innovative Rosh Hodesh volume, Moonbeams illuminates a rich range of Jewish laws and rituals affecting modern women’s lives. Followed by probing questions and useful program models, each chapter brings together biblical and talmudic sources with contemporary American and Israeli literary and legal texts to yield informed perspectives. This valuable collection offers much material for ongoing study of Jewish tradition and for serious self-reflection.”
Dr. Emily S. Passow, member of the English Department at Swarthmore College and member of the Association of Jewish Studies
Carol Diament, PhD is National Jewish Education Director at Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

 

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