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Judaism for Two

A Spiritual Guide for Strengthening & Celebrating Your Loving Relationship

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer and Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener
Foreword by Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

6 x 9, 224 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-254-8

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The Special Times of the Jewish Year Can Be
a Framework for Your Life as a Couple
“Through the holiday cycle we have seen that life is a complex weave of light and darkness, bitter and sweet, striving and surrendering. The twisted candle reminds us that as a couple our two lives have become intertwined as one. Two souls enter a partnership, interwoven yet always distinct, joined by a third strand, the Divine Presence. As we perform the ritual of Havdalah, we hold our hands up to the flame and catch the reflection of the last light on our fingertips. We pray that the light will continue to shine through our words and deeds, in our homes and in the world.”
—from Chapter 9
More than just calendar commitments, the Jewish holidays carry with them a view of what is important in life, a set of assumptions that can challenge and deepen the way we think about relationships.
This inspiring and practical guidebook helps you to understand your life as a couple in the context of the themes of Jewish holidays (Yom Kippur, Purim, Pesah, Sukkot, Shabbat):
• Forgiving and Growing
• Playing, Laughing and Taking Risks
• Coming Home, Finding Freedom
• Blessing Bounty, Facing Impermanence
• Pausing to Bless What Is
…and more
Drawing from ancient and contemporary texts, Jewish tradition and personal stories, Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer and Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener provide creative exercises, rituals and guided discussions that help you make connections to tradition, community and each other. By experiencing the Jewish holidays as times to focus on your relationship, you’ll find renewed meaning in these holy celebrations and new opportunities for spiritual growth all year long.
“For seekers of wisdom, for people of every faith and no faith, for insiders and outsiders, for novices and veterans. In an era of depersonalization, this is a humanizing guide to authentic relationships.”
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, author of Godliness: Translating God
“More than theory … a guide for growing more connected to your own spirituality and hopefully closer to your partner in the process.”
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of The Creative Jewish Wedding Book
“A marvelous invitation to growth, both in relationship to a life partner and in connection to Jewish tradition. Skillfully draws upon the rhythms of Jewish life to enhance spiritual intimacy within couples.”
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, editor of Jewish Pastoral Care:
A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources
Rabbi Nancy H.Wiener, DMin, is part of the faculty at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, the author of Beyond Breaking the Glass, and coauthor of Meeting at the Well:A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged. She and her partner, Judith Tax, have been together for almost twenty years.
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD, is Rector and Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He is president of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and vice chair of the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He served as one of the editors and contributors to the new Torah commentary, Etz Hayim. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for To Do the Right and the Good: A Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics, he has written ten books and more than 150 articles on Jewish thought and ethics.

 

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