- Series: The Moreshet series
- Hardcover: 588 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Theological Seminary of Amer; 1St Edition edition (August 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873340043
- ISBN-13: 978-0873340045
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice (The Moreshet series) 1St Edition Edition
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Rabbi Klein's book,which has been updated and supplemented a number of times to reflect changes since its publication in 1979, is a good source for the torah, talmudic and traditional approaches to all areas of Jewish practice. The book includes one of the most comprehensive approaches to the Kosher laws I have ever seen. It also covers synagogue practice in great detail, differentiating between laws (halachah) and customs which have taken on the effect of laws. (minhag) I myself pick up the book for review whenever necessary, for example, reviewing the section on brit milah (the circumcision) after my son's birth. This is not a book for beginners who have no familiarity with Jewish practice. It is a good stepping stone for the beginner who would like to have more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Jewish practice. I learned more in this book than in six years of Hebrew School. For the beginner or for someone looking for a much easier book of this nature I recommend Rabbi Kotlach's "Jewish Home Advisor". For someone looking for a more comprehensive work and not ready to tackle the Shulchan Aroch, this is a wonderful resource.
My one criticism is it has a relatively poor index. This book is not meant to be read straight through, and it can be very frustrating to spend half an hour searching the book for the answer to a specific question.
Despite this annoyance, I have found no better book on this topic.
I read it cover-to-cover & enjoyed it thoroughly. However, it does not address spiritual practices [see Buxbaum's "Jewish Spiritual Practices" ASIN: 0876688326], & has the normative extroverted bias, e.g. saying public prayer is "conducive to greater solemnity & exaltation." Mystics would heartily disagree IMHO. It also has some unusual spellings--e.g. Qaddish vs. Kaddish. There is a marking error on the top right of pp. 41-52: "Daily Prayer" should be "Blessings for Various Occasions." But, these are all minor annoyances considering the overall loveliness/value of the book. The only major criticism is that many words/phrases are given in Hebrew without good/consistent transliteration, & no glossary is provided.
Klein provides some valuable observations worth mentioning: p.Read more ›
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This is a useful book in helping me learn about the history of the movement. The layout is very nice and it is not hard to read.Published 23 months ago by Alexander Wold
There's not a whole lot that is new to me, the style is a little dry. Worst of all, the font is miserable to read.Published on September 21, 2013 by Robin Sparr
It was written long years ago, but it's still a masterpiece of the conservative Judaism.
I think this is a kind of Modern and Conservative kitsur shulchan Aruch. Hahahaha.
This is an excellent resource for any Jew or anyone studying Judaism. I highly recommend it. I continuously turn to it for answers and I have not been let down thus far.Published on August 15, 2012 by Aviva M.
This is more like an encyclopedia of Judaism than just a book on the subject. Most aspects of the religion are covered giving the reader a wonderful insight into what it means to... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Daniel
My son needed this book for one of his classes - required reading. The book was purchased used and arrived in nearly brand new condition and the price was great.Published on October 24, 2011 by DPlans
A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice is 522 pages of text issuing guidance on the observance of Judaism from the Conservative perspective. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Eric Maroney
Amazing. Book is like 25 years old and looks almost brand new. previous owner must have never opened after it was gifted as inside inscription tells.Published on April 3, 2011 by Andrew