By David A. Teutsch
Connecting to the cycle of the Jewish year is essential to shaping Jewish identity and to living a fully Jewish life. Following in the path of the acclaimed first volume, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and Holidays, the second book in a proposed three-part series from the RRC Press,opens vistas of meaning that will inspire readers to shape their own approaches to each milestone of the Jewish calendar. The series is edited by Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D; Rabbi Richard Hirsh is assistant editor of the second volume.
The new guide traces observances of the Jewish year from biblical times to the present and provides spiritual insights, suggestions about rituals, and explanations of customs. It features main texts authored by notable rabbis; insights from 36 different commentators inform the notes that grace the bottoms of its pages. As in Volume 1, the writing takes a values-based, creative commitments to social justice.
A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living, the first volume in the series, won the Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Life and Practice, in recognition of its groundbreaking integration of traditional practices, recent innovations and suggestions about how to make personal choices. With the addition of the second volume, the series provides guidance to readers of all faiths and backgrounds who are interested in gaining an understanding of Jewish living.
Rabbi David A. Teutsch is the Louis and Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at RRC; he also chairs our department of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and directs the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics. He is the author of many books, including Making a Difference: A Guide to Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management (2009) and Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Community and Joy (Jewish Lights, 2005). Teutsch also is the editor in chief of the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah prayer book series.