Celebration & Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism

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Contributors
Steven M. Brown received his Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching from Teachers' College at Columbia University. He has served in numerous Jewish education administrative positions and is the author of many articles and books on such subjects as prayer, Conservative Judaism, and Torah study. He presently serves as headmaster of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Philadelphia.
Barry D. Cytron was educated at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He is senior rabbi at Adath Jeshurun in Minneapolis and teaches Jewish studies at Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas. He is co-author, with Earl Schwartz, of When Life Is in the Balance, an exploration of the Jewish ethical sources on life and death questions. His book for children, Fire! The Library Is Burning!, which retells the story of the 1966 fire at the Jewish Theological Seminary, was cited by Learning magazine as one of the best children's books of 1988.
Dayle A. Friedman has served as Chaplain of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center since 1985. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-- Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Friedman is an adjunct faculty member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a founding member of the Governing Council of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging of the American Society on Aging.
Rela M. Geffen is Professor of Sociology and former Dean for Academic Affairs at Gratz College. She is also a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. She spent the fall of 1992 as a Skirball Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies. Two of her recent publications are A Double Bond: Constitutional Documents of American Jews

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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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