Celebration & Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism

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The Midrash recounts a story about a wealthy group of merchants who embarked on a sea voyage to sell their wares in a far-off port. Aboard the vessel the merchants sought mightily to impress each other with the quality, quantity, and value of their respective goods. When one passenger was asked to describe his particular commodity, he retorted that his merchandise was worth more than any other on board. When asked to display it, he demurred, explaining it was not something one could readily exhibit. The other merchants roundly mocked him.

That night a great storm overwhelmed the ship, which sunk with all its cargo. Luckily, the passengers all made it to shore. As days passed, the rich merchants who had lost everything were reduced to begging in the streets to sustain themselves. One day they noticed walking down the street the passenger who had boasted about having the most valuable merchandise. He was well clothed and looking quite fit.

They inquired how he had managed to avoid their

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Translations of classical texts have not been made egalitarian but should be read as such.

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Celebration & Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 3
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply - Issues Relating to Birth in Judaism 12
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 31
  • Parents as Partners with God - Parenting Young Children 32
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 52
  • From Bar/Bat Mitzvah Through the Teen Years - Challenges to Parent and Community 53
  • Notes 70
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 70
  • Choosing Judaism - Issues Relating to Conversion 71
  • Notes 88
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 88
  • Marriage - Judaism's "Other" Covenantal Relationship 90
  • Notes 122
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 130
  • Midlife - From Understanding to Wisdom 132
  • Notes 147
  • The Altar Weeps" - Divorce in Jewish Law 151
  • Introduction 151
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 166
  • Bikkur Ḥolim - Sickness in Jewish Law 167
  • Notes 196
  • The Crown of Glory - Aging in the Jewish Tradition 202
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 223
  • Death and Mourning - A Time for Weeping, A Time for Healing 226
  • Conclusion 249
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 249
  • Glossary 252
  • Contributors 258
  • Index 261
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