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Rosh Hashanah Readings

Inspiration, Information and Contemplation

Edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins
Section Introductions from Arthur Green's These Are the Words

6 x 9, 400 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-437-5

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A powerful collection of writings about Rosh Hashanah that will add depth and holiness to your experience of the spiritual New Year.
This compelling companion to Yom Kippur Readings helps create a bridge between the words of our ancestors and the meanings, themes and ideas that are the central spiritual agenda of the life of the modern Jew.
Drawn from a variety of sources—ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish—this selection of readings, prayers and insights explores the opportunities for inspiration and reflection inherent in the subjects addressed on the Jewish New Year: sin, repentance, personal and social change, societal justice, forgiveness, spiritual growth, living with joy and hope, commitment to high ideals, becoming our truest and most authentic selves, deepening our capacity to love and savoring the divine gift of life. These readings enable you to enter into the spirit of Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe in a personal and powerful way while they uplift and inform. They will add to the benefits of your High Holy Day experience year after year.
Praise for Rosh Hashanah Readings
“A truly marvelous collection.... Despite close to sixty years of experience with Rosh Hashanah, I learned and felt things in reading this book that I have never known or felt before—and you will too!”
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Judaism, and author of The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
“Inspire[s], engage[s], and inform[s] the reader.... Everyone can find something of interest.... Keep this book in your talit bag.”
Jewish Book World
“Provides a treasure-trove of reflections, narratives, and meditations relating to the themes of the High Holy Days. A resource for clergy and laypersons alike as they prepare for public services and an invaluable work for personal reflection. Highly recommended.”
Dr. David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
“This timely collection of readings will give added meaning to the holiday experience.... The interpretations offered here amplify our understanding.”
Jewish Advocate (Boston)
“Satisfying.... Elkins juxtaposes his sources artfully.... The effect is one of a centuries-long conversation among the Jewish people about this inexhaustible subject.”
Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
“Filled with inspirational readings that are profound, and that will challenge and ignite the mind and heart alike.... Will deepen the High Holy Day experience for every reader.”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values
“Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited.... Renew[s] the meaning of the High Holy Day themes.... Enthusiastically recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

 

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