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The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices

CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings

Edited by Rabbi Irwin Kula and
Vanessa L. Ochs, PhD

6 x 9, 368 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-152-7

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Discover how to make virtually any moment in your day a
significant part of a meaningful Jewish life.
As we have discovered, and as our sages have long known, there is no experience in the life of a Jew that cannot be marked in Jewish ways…. The book you hold in your hands is the result of the kinds of rituals we have sculpted together over the years. It is not a prayer book or even a compendium of obligatory Jewish rituals. Rather, it is a source for all to use creatively.  
—from the Introduction
Decades of experience by CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in connecting spirituality with daily life come together in this one comprehensive handbook. In these pages, you have access to teachings that can help to sanctify almost any moment in your day.
Offering a meditation, a blessing, a profound Jewish teaching, and a ritual for more than one hundred diverse everyday events and holidays, this guide includes sacred practices for:
• Lighting Shabbat candles
• Blessing your parents
• Running a marathon
• Visiting the sick
• Building a sukkah
• Seeing natural wonders
• Moving into a new home
• Saying goodbye to a beloved pet
• Making a shiva call
• Traveling … and much more
Drawing from both traditional and contemporary sources, The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices will show you how to make more holy any moment in your daily life.

“A valuable resource that both helps us find new meaning in rituals we already perform and provides us with opportunities for new moments of reflection and religious fulfillment.”

Conservative Judaism

“A totally original and deeply needed book... Takes you by the hand and shows you how to make every important moment of your life holy.”

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values

“Make[s] the concept and practice of 100 brachot a day accessible and inspiring to today’s Jews of all denominations.”

Manna: The Voice of Living Judaism

“Provides a refreshing and innovative path into Jewish life and ritual. Its format is easily accessible and will inspire both new learners and those who are more knowledgeable about Judaism.”

Rabbi Lori Forman, director of the Jewish Resource Center, UJA–Federation of New York; co-author of Sacred Intentions: Daily Inspiration to Strengthen the Spirit, Based on Jewish Wisdom

“Most of us are familiar with major life cycle events and with holidays. What makes this book exceptional is that there are many more significant moments in our daily lives, from the mundane to the profound, which we take for granted. This book shows us how to make these moments more meaningful.... Jews of all denominations will find some new ideas in this reading.”

Jewish Post & Opinion

“Clal’s important work provides sensitive and innovative ways to help us find greater Jewish meaning in many moments in our life.”

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor of The Women’s Haftarah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Haftarah Portions, the 5 Megillot & Special Shabbatot

“An extraordinary guide for elevating the everyday activities of our lives into spiritual moments! An essential volume for the Jewish home.”

Dr. Ron Wolfson, vice president of the University of Judaism; author of Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration and The Art of Jewish Living series

Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leading voice for religious pluralism in the Jewish community. A sought-after speaker, he was named by the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as one of the “10 People to Watch” helping to shape the American spiritual landscape. Fast Company magazine listed him as one of the seventeen new economy leaders, and Forward newspaper named him one of the top fifty Jewish leaders in America. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

 

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