Moments of Transcendence: Inspirational Readings for Yom Kippur, an extraordinary collection of readings, poems, prayers, and insights, enables the modern reader to enter into the spirit of the Day of Atonement in a personal and relevant way way. The selection assembled here permits the meaning of the Yom Kippur liturgy to enter the heart. The time-honored method of taking a sacred text and giving it modern application has enabled teachers of Judaism to keep their contemporaries emotionally attached to the writ of past generations. Continuing this tradition, this extraordinary collection embellishes and elaborates on the central themes of the Yom Kippur liturgy and tradition: sin, forgiveness, repentance, spiritual growth, and being at one with self, the universe, and God.
A compelling companion to Rosh Hashanah that connects the words of our ancestors and the central ideas of modern spiritual life. Through readings and prayers from ancient, medieval and modern sources, offers powerful, personal ways to begin the new year.
The High Holy Days -- Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- are for many Jews the highlight of the Jewish year. The liturgy for the Days of Awe are the longest and most complex of the year, leaving a large number of attendees without a complete understanding of the occasion's significance. Entering The High Holy Days provides historical background and interpretation of the ideas, practices, and liturgy and lends them contemporary relevance to today's Jews. Reuven Hammer received his ordination and doctorate in theology from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the former president of the Rabbinical Assembly and head of the Rabbinical Court of the Masorti Movement.
A major purpose of the book is to explore the processes of development in the later years and their impact on people's lives. This search is not without pain or disappointment; however, involvement with older persons will bring students into contact with people who often long for human contact, who can be wise or sad or funny or foolish, but who give us a sense of our past and a view of the present that otherwise would be lost to us. There is a special delight in bridging over age differences with warmth and understanding. In addition to our personal enrichment, a balanced view of aging, emphasizing both the continuing strengths and abilities as well as the difficulties that may confront the old, is of value to the student who may enter a profession that directly serves older persons, or who may work as a volunteer, or for relating to one's parents when they are old. Ultimately, too, we should gain some perspective on our own aging. In this book there has been an attempt to present aging from a variety of perspectives in articles that are free from excessive professional jargon. They have been chosen as reflective of the major issues in the field of gerontology. Basic concepts of the aging process are presented in the initial two sections.
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