Circling the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Tisha B'Av, this lively, accessible guide provides rituals, recipes, songs, prayers, and suggestions for new approaches to holiday observance. Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow explores the meaning of each holiday in relation to the history of the Jewish people and individual spirituality, examines how the place of each holiday in the cycle of the moon and the changing seasons affects the mood of the day, and suggests ritual and spiritual ways to prepare for each festival. In his extensive afterword to this new edition of Seasons of Our Joy, Rabbi Waskow addresses the many changes Judaism has undergone in the last thirty years, as feminist Judaism, neo-Chassidic mysticism, eco-Judaism, and Jewish meditation have newly coloured our understanding of the festivals. This edition includes recipes by Rose Gertz, Hannah Waskow, Rose Sue Berstein, and Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman.
Provides rituals, recipes, songs, prayers, and suggestions for new approaches to holiday observance
Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow is an author and political activist associated with the Jewish Renewal movement. He is the founder and director of the Shalom Center and the author of numerous books, including "Godwrestling" and "Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life."
Introduction; How to Read This Book; A Word on Hebrew Preface: Seasons of the Sun, Seasons of the Moon CHAPTER ONE: Heading Up the Year - Rosh Hashanah; CHAPTER TWO: Face to Face - Yom Kippur; CHAPTER THREE: Harvest Moon - Fulfillment at Sukkot; CHAPTER FOUR: Seed for Winter - Sh'mini Atzeret; CHAPTER FIVE: Dancing with Torah - Simchat Torah; CHAPTER SIX: Dark of the Sun, Dark of the Moon - Hanukkah; CHAPTER SEVEN: The Tree that Sustains All Life - Tu B'Shvat; CHAPTER EIGHT: Spring Fever - Purim; CHAPTER NINE: Giving Birth to Freedom - Pesach; CHAPTER TEN: Trek through Anxiety and Hope - Counting the Omer; CHAPTER ELEVEN: Peak Experience - Shavout; CHAPTER TWELVE: Burnt Offering - Tisha B'Av Afterword and Foreword; From Generation to Generation; Appendix I: The Second Day of Festivals; Appendix II: The Moon; Appendix III: Glossary; Appendix IV: Go and Study; Appendix V: Secular Dates of the Festivals; The Festivals and the Future