Celebration & Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism

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To proclaim that the Eternal is just! God is my Rock, in whom there is no injustice. ( Psalm 92)


NOTES
1.
Morris Zelkitch, "Trends in the Care of the Aged," Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 34:1, Fall, 1957, pp. 126-40.
2.
Allen Glicksman, The New Jewish Elderly: A Literature Review, ( New York: Petschek Jewish Family Center, American Jewish Committee, 1991).
3.
For a thorough analysis of the evolution of the Jewish understanding of filial obligations throughout history, see Gerald Blidstein, Honor Thy Father and Mother: Filial Responsibility in Jewish Law and Ethics ( New York: Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 1975).
4.
Elaine M. Brody, "Parent Care as a Normative Family Stress", Gerontologist, 25:1, 1985, pp. 19-21.
5.
Ibid., pp. 21-26.
6.
The halakhic and aggadic treatment of this mitzvah is catalogued in Yitzḥak Schlesinger, Ve-hadarta penai zaken, ( B'nai Brak: HaMesorah, 1985 [Hebrew]).
7.
Responsum of Rabbi Shmuel Ha-Levi Vazner, cited in Schlesinger, op. cit.
8.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, "To Grow in Wisdom," in The Insecurity of Freedom ( Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1966, p. 79).
9.
Maggie Kuhn, in a lecture to rabbinic interns at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, 1990.
10.
Heschel, "To Grow in Wisdom," p. 77.
11.
B. J. Gurland, "The Comparative Frequency of Depression in Various Age Groups," Journal of Gerontology, 131:283-92, 1976.
12.
Jennie Keith, Christine L. Fry and Charlotte Ikels, "Community as Context for Successful Aging," in The Cultural Context of Aging, Jay Sokolovsky, ed. ( New York: Bergin and Garvey Publishers, 1990, pp. 225f).
13.
Heschel, "To Grow in Wisdom," p. 78.
14.
Jaber Gubrium, Living and Dying at Murray Manor, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975.
15.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath ( New York: Harper & Row, 1966, p. 8).
16.
Fred Davis, cited in Kathy Calkins, "Time Perspectives, Marking and Styles of Usage," Social Problems 17:487-501.
17.
Barbara Myerhoff, "Ritual and Signs of Ripening: The Intertwining of Ritual, Time and Growing Older," in Age and Anthropological Theory, P. I. Kertzer and J. Keith, eds. ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984, p. 305).

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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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