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    Marc D. Angel

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Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel of New York City and founder of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. He is the author and editor of over two dozen books, and this is his first work of fiction.



 

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  • A Sephardic Passover Haggadah

    Marc D. Angel

    2019 Edition with author corrections.

    Translation and commentary by Rabbi Marc D. Angel includes a running commentary drawn from the teachings of Sephardic sages throughout the generations.

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  • Exploring Sephardic Customs and Traditions

    Marc D. Angel

    Over the centuries, Jewish communities throughout the world adopted customs that enhanced and deepened their religious observances. These customs, or minhagim, became powerful elements in the religious consciousness of the Jewish people. It is important to recognize that minhagim are manifestations of a religious worldview, a philosophy of life. They are not merely quaint or picturesque practices, but expressions of a community's way of enhancing the religious experience. A valuable resource for Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike. Learn More
  • Voices in Exile

    Marc D. Angel

    Examines the intellectual life of Sephardic Jewry from the Spanish expulsion in 1492 through the first half of the 20th century. Discusses the background to the expulsion from Spain, the Jews' tribulations, and their reactions - the effort to understand the meaning of their suffering. Deals with the Converso phenomenon and the problems they encountered. Describes rationalist and anti-rationalist thought following the expulsion, and the messianic movements which arose. Pp. 144-149 discuss the blood libels in Damascus and Rhodes in 1840 and the kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara in 1858, and the Jewish organizations which were established to aid persecuted Jews (e.g. B'nai B'rith, Alliance Israélite Universelle). Learn More
  • Sephardic Grace After Meals

    Marc D. Angel

    This beautifully designed birkon is ideal for bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, wedding receptions, home use and other occasions.
    It includes the text of the Birkat ha-Mazon with English translation according to the Western and Mediterranean Sephardic traditions, as well as the Ashkenazic text. It contains the various Sephardic versions of kiddush, the seven wedding blessings, the circumcision ceremony, and havdalah, as well as the texts of pizmonim sung on the Sabbath.
    Imprinting on this title is also available. Learn More
  • Choosing to Be Jewish

    Marc D. Angel

    Rabbi Marc Angel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi, has written a groundbreaking book about conversion to Judaism. Each year, thousands of people seek to convert to Judaism; many of them plan to marry a Jewish spouse. In this provocative book, Rabbi Angel proposes that the Orthodox Jewish community re-evaluate its negative approach to conversion, and embrace a positive, encouraging attitude to serious candidates for conversion. Dealing with halakhic, historic and sociological issues, Rabbi Angel argues that the Orthodox community has a special responsibility to provide a meaningful and accessible route to conversion. The book includes essays by eleven converts of various religious and racial origins, who found their ways to Judaism and the Jewish people under the guidance of Orthodox rabbis. This book offers a challenging and refreshing perspective, enabling readers to think through the issues of conversion in a thoughtful and responsible way.
    About the Author
    Rabbi Marc Angel is senior rabbi at Shearith Israel Congregation, the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, and is the author of a number of books, among them Voices in Exile: A Study in Sephardic Intellectual History and Seeking Good, Speaking Peace. Learn More
  • Losing the Rat Race: Winning at Life

    Marc D. Angel

    We live in an exciting, fast-paced world that can provide us with many good things. On some level, however, we find ourselves feeling stuck in a rat race that lacks ultimate meaning. This book sheds light on the obstacles of the rat race, stimulates thought about the direction of our lives, and helps us draw on our strengths to get beyond the mundane. Learn More
  • Rabbi Haim David Halevy: Gentle Scholar and Courageous Thinker

    Marc D. Angel and Hayyim J. Angel

    This book discusses the life of Rabbi Halevy, who represented the best in the Sephardic tradition of the Judeo-Spanish Sephardim. The authors provide an analysis of the teachings of Rabbi Halevy on a wide range of topics: confronting modernity, rabbinic responsibility and authority, metaphysical issues, questions of faith, the role of customs, Jewish education, governing the Jewish State, and more. Rabbi Halevy was a gentle, thoughtful scholar. He was also a courageous thinker who was not afraid to consider old questions in a new light, and to break new ground in the field of Torah studies. Learn More
  • The Search Committee

    Marc D. Angel

    When the leader of a venerable Torah academy passes away, a search committee begins to investigate two candidates, both serious and committed Torah scholars. One, the previous leader's son, is a staunch traditionalist determined to keep to the old ways, while the other is a university graduate with a modern, open-minded perspective. The candidates hold opposing views about the role of the yeshiva, the ideals of Torah Judaism, the role of women in the community, and the future of Orthodoxy and the Jewish people. A dramatic story emerges about the ways in which a traditional community may embrace or reject the modern world. Learn More

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