To be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life

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Basic Books, 1972 - Religion - 336 pages
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Here in one handsome volume are all the laws and customs as they apply to contemporary Jewish life. In simple and powerful language Donin presents the laws and observances for the daily life and for the major and minor holidays, as well as the guiding principles and practices for all the special occasions of life.Perfectly suited for use as a practical reference, Rabbi Donin's classic text also includes chapters on the underlying creed of Judaism, on ethics, the Torah and the Commandments, and other topics that make it an indispensable summary and rationale of the Jewish Law for our time.
 

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This is a wonderful reference for those interested in returning to an observant Jewish lifestyle (Baal Teshuva), or someone considering a halachic Orthodox conversion. Rabbi Donin covers all the major ... Read full review

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Certainly Donin's book is a great primer for basic introduction, but no more. It is well written easy to understand and allows any reader to brush up on basic knowledge and ideas.

Contents

THE CORNERSTONES OF JUDAISM
7
ISRAELITS LAND
12
ISRAELITS GOD
18
ISRAELITS TORAH
24
HALAKHA THE JEWISH WAY
28
THE REASONS FOR THE COMMANDMENTS
33
THE DAILY WAY OF LIFE
39
KINDNESS A MEANS AND A END
41
ROLE OF THE KOHEN
198
CEREMONY OF THE PRIESTLY BENEDICTION
200
THE SPECIAL OCCASIONS OF THE YEAR
207
THE MAJOR FESTIVALS
209
THE SECOND FESTIVAL DAY OF THE DIASPORA
210
PASSOVER
218
LAWS OF HAMETZ AND MATZAH
219
PREPARING FOR THE PASSOVER
223

ACTS OF KINDNESS
47
LAWS OF CHARITY
48
LAWS RELATING TO SLANDER REVENGE AND DECEIT
52
LAWS PERTAINING TO WORK AND WAGES
55
KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
56
ACTS OF JUSTICE
57
THE MIDDLE ROAD
59
THE SABBATH AN ISLAND IN TIME
61
PREPARING FOR THE SABBATH
70
THE SABBATH EVE
72
LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR THE SABBATH
81
THE SABBATH DAY
82
CONCLUDING THE SABBATH
85
TASKS FORBIDDEN ON THE SABBATH
89
THE DIETARY LAWS A DIET FOR THE SOUL
97
THE FORBIDDEN FOODS
104
REQUIREMENT OF SHEHITAH
106
KOSHERING MEAT
107
THE ROLE OF THE SHOHET AND KOSHER BUTCHER
111
ON MEAT AND MILK MIXTURES
112
MISCELLANEOUS PROHIBITIONS
116
ON EATING OUT
117
METHODS OF KASHERING
119
FAMILY LIFE A KEY TO HAPPINESS
121
HONORING PARENTS
128
THE EDUCATION AND UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN
129
RELATIONSHIP OF HUSBAND AND WIFE
133
DIVORCE
135
SEXUAL DISCIPLINE IN MARRIAGE
136
MODESTY
139
ABORTION AND BIRTH CONTROL
140
SIGNS OF THE COVENANT LOVE AND REVERENCE
142
TEFILLIN
144
MEZUZAH
152
TZITZIT AND TALLIT
155
PRAYER
159
A WORD ABOUT THE PRAYER BOOK
179
ON WEARING A HEADCOVERING
180
PERSONAL GROOMING
181
THE SYNAGOGUE WHERE JEWS ASSEMBLE
183
THE SYNAGOGUE AS INSTITUTION
186
RESPONSIBILITY OF SYNAGOGUES TODAY
188
BEHAVIOR IN THE SYNAGOGUE
191
THE RITUAL ITEMS
193
SYNAGOGUE PERSONNEL
195
FAST OF THE FIRST BORN AND PRESEDER PRACTICES
228
CONDUCTING THE SEDER
229
COUNTING THE OMER
236
SHAVUOT
239
THE CUSTOM OF EATING DAIRY FOOD ON SHAVUOT
240
THE DAYS OF AWE
242
WHY THE FIRST OF TISHRAI IS CELEBRATED AS THE NEW YEAR
243
ROSH HASHANA
244
YOM KIPPUR
246
SUCCOT
250
DWELLING IN THE SUCCAH
251
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUCCAH
253
THE FOUR SPECIES
254
SHMINI ATZERET AND SIMHAT TORAH
256
THE POSTBIBLICAL HOLIDAYS AND FAST DAYS
258
PURIM
260
TISHA BAV
263
OTHER SPECIAL DAYS
266
THE SPECIAL OCCASIONS OF LIFE
269
BIRTH
271
THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION
273
REDEMPTION OF THE FIRST BORN
276
ADOPTION AND CONVERSION
280
ADOPTION AND CONVERSION OF A NONJEWISH CHILD
281
CONVERSION
283
BARMITZVAH AND BATMITZVAH
285
MARRIAGE
287
PROHIBITED MARRIAGES
289
DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS
292
HALITZAHTHE CEREMONY OF RELEASE
294
DEATH AND MOURNING
296
BURIAL AND AUTOPSIES
297
MOURNING PERIODS
299
COMFORTING THE MOURNER
302
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE KOHEN
303
KADDISH
304
SETTING UP A TOMBSTONE
307
SELECTED MEMORIAL PRAYERS
308
THE YAHRZEIT
310
THE MINING OF RETURN
311
NOTES
317
A SELECTED LIST
319
INDEX
325
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