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Guide to Jewish Practice: The Life Cycle

Volume 3
By David A. Teutsch

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Following in the path of the acclaimed first two volumes of
"A Guide to Jewish Practice," this book is devoted to the life cycle,
including:

  • Birth
  • Bar/bat mitzvah
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Many other life events

Rich in suggestions about ritual and insights about customs, it can help readers in shaping their practices to reflect their personal values, principles and outlook.

Outstanding rabbis authored the main text for each section, and the thoughts of dozens of insightful commentators grace the bottom of each page. The commentary combines historical perceptions, personal experiences, suggestions for ritual innovations, and statements of principles and values.

Rituals marking life-cycle events are the most commonly observed parts of Jewish life for most liberal Jews. They help us in celebration and in mourning, and they profoundly affect the way we experience our lives.

This book should help readers to connect to the past, shape the future, and navigate changes in familial and communal relationships. The major shifts in our lives are enriched by ritual that reflects who we are and who we aspire to become. Volume 3 provides guidance as we make our way through our life’s journey.

ISBN 978-0-938945-03-1

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ABOUT THE EDITOR
Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as president. The editor-in-chief of the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayer book series, Rabbi Teutsch is also the author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy (Jewish Lights, 2005) as well as dozens of other books and articles.

Rabbi Teutsch is a past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics. An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where he wrote his dissertation on organizational ethics.

Volume 1: Everyday Living

Volume 2: Shabbat and the Holidays