Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Spring and Summer Holidays
Passover, Shavuot, The Omer, Tisha B'Av By Paul Steinberg (author), Janet Greenstein Potter (editor), Adam Rhine (illustrator).
JPS’s new holiday series is now complete, with publication of The Spring and Summer Holidays volume.
This is the kind of book where a reviewer says ‘every family should own one.’ All three volumes will make excellent contributions to the celebrations of our Jewish holidays.”
"Steinberg provided yet another intelligent and accessible volume to his series Celebrating The Jewish Year. What he’s done is quite remarkable; he addresses the needs of various readers, from Jews just beginning to experience Jewish ritual, to those who are already knowledgeable, but want to experiment with new practices and reflect on a range of Jewish texts, from classic rabbinic sources to contemporary reflections on spirituality."
As we move from season to season, Paul Steinberg shares with us a rich collection of readings from many of the Jewish greats—Maimonides, Rashi, Nehama Leibowitz, Irving Greenberg, Shlomo Carlebach, Marge Piercy, Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green, and others—and he guides us in discovering for ourselves the many treasures within each text.
Some of the readings teach us about the history of each holiday, as well as its theological, ethical, agricultural, and seasonal importance and interpretation; others give us inspiration and much food for thought. These stories, essays, poems, anecdotes, and rituals help us discover how deeply Jewish traditions are rooted in nature’s yearly cycle, and how beautifully season and spirit are woven together throughout the Jewish year.
Paul Steinberg is a 2007 National Jewish Book Award Runner-Up author (with editor Janet Greenstein Potter) of the Celebrating the Jewish Year series. His speech topics include “Jewish Holidays,” “Jewish Education,” and “Jewish Spirituality.”
Janet Greenstein Potter is the editor of several JPS publications, including the National Jewish Book Award Finalist Wise and Not So Wise, Praise Her Works, Zayda Was a Cowboy, Sarah's Journey, and The Kids' Catalog of Animals and the Earth, a book about the environment and the Jewish tradition.
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