A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father, and a Community Leader

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008 - Religion - 171 pages
For centuries, Jewish men have taken on a distinctive role in being responsible before God, their families and their communities. They understood themselves as keepers of the covenant between God and the Jewish people, and they knew they were obligated under a code of tradition to fulfill their responsibilities as sons, partners in marriage, fathers and leaders in their communities. Today, however, what is understood to be man?s role in all aspects of life seems unclear.This provocative book looks at how a new generation of Jewish men can grow spiritually, and in doing so, strengthen the intangible bonds of family, love, duty and truth which ultimately lead to God. With candor and scholarship, it unearths the male stereotypes that exist in Judaism and color the expectations for what it means to be Jewish man in today?s world. It examines Jewish sources that reveal the traditional life cycle of a man?from son to partner in marriage to father?and in doing so uncovers the ideals that define being a Jewish man. Finally, it views Jewish men within the context of a sacred community and what that means for the sacred obligations of manhood.
 

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Contents

Beyond Portnoy
11
Growing Up and Being a Son
31
Growing Up and Being a Partner in Marriage
57
Growing Up and Being a Father
91
A Man within a Sacred Community
123
The Mitzvot of Manhood
145
Notes
159
Suggestions for Further Reading
169
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Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is a noted spiritual leader and educator, recognized for his ability to connect the importance of Jewish tradition with everyday life. He is coauthor of The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys and author of A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader; Witnesses to the One: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma and Facing Illness, Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails (all Jewish Lights). He is the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Massachusetts, and an instructor at the Kehillah Schechter Academy. Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is available to speak on the following topics: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma : What "God Is One" Might Mean Not Your Father's Brotherhood: What Being a Jewish Man Meant Then and Now How Judaism Can Help You Cope with IllnessClick here to contact the author.

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