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  • Journey to Heaven

    Leila Leah Bronner

    What happens when we die? Does the soul die with the body? Is there a possibility of life after death? Throughout human history, every civilization – and probably every individual – has asked these questions. In this fascinating and accessible volume, Dr. Leila Leah Bronner explores Judaism’s teachings about the afterlife. 

    Journey to Heaven invites readers to rediscover some of the basic tenets of Jewish belief concerning the hereafter, resurrection, immortality, judgment, messianism, and the World to Come. Starting with the Bible’s references to Sheol and allusions to resurrection, this comprehensive survey explores immortality and bodily resurrection in Second Temple literature; the Mishnah’s discussions of olam ha-ba, the World to Come, and how to merit entering it; and the Talmud’s depictions of Gan Eden (paradise), Gehinnom (hell), and the soul’s journey through these metaphysical landscapes. Bronner also explores the views of medieval scholars such as Maimonides and Nahmanides, Jewish mystical teachings about reincarnation, and modern views of faith and belief. A separate chapter is devoted to views about the Messiah over the course of Jewish history. 

    Bronner demonstrates that the afterlife is indeed a vital part of Judaism, as she reveals how generations of Jews, from Biblical times to the present, have grappled with its core ideas and beliefs about the hereafter. 

    About the Author

    Leila Leah Bronner is a noted scholar who formerly served as Professor of Bible and Jewish History at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Yeshiva University’s Institute of Adult Studies in New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of Biblical Women, Stories of Elijah and Elisha, Sects and Separatism During the Second Jewish Commonwealth, Biblical Personalities and Archaeology, and Stories of Biblical Mothers: Maternal Power in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Bronner lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she devotes much of her time to teaching and writing. 

     



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  • The Third How- To Handbook for Jewish Living

    Kerry Olitzky

    As we live Jewish lives, we are guided by a certain rhythm of daily prayers, weekly Torah readings, holidays and special occasions. These have been treated in the very successful How-To One and Second How-To volumes by Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Ron Isaacs. As Jews go about their daily lives, they encounter challenges that are often not anticipated and not as rhythmic.
    The Third How-To Handbook intends to help readers with these new challenges. Learn More
  • Rites of Passage

    Ronald Pressman Isaacs

    Traditional life cycle ceremonies Learn More
  • A Woman's Mitzvah

    Meira Svirsky

    Based on the lectures of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, ''A Woman's Mitzvah'' provides a clear and beautifully written explanation of the principles, details and practical application of the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha (family purity). Halachic (Jewish legal) sources are given in the footnotes, and interesting background and historical information is included. In order to suit the needs of a wide spectrum of teachers and students of the subject, clear definitions between Halacha (law), Minchag (tradition) and Chumrah (stringencies) are given.

    About the Author

    Miera Svirsky came to Israel in 1984 after leaving a career in journalism. She studied under the guidance of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits at EYAHT, Eish HaTorah's Jewish Studies College for Women. 

    Meira has become a reknowned author and lecturer on the topics of family purity and women's issues in Judaism. She received a Bachelor's of Art in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Art in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Miera lives with her husband and children in Jerusalem's Old City

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  • Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

    Deena Zimmerman

    A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life was written to help married -- or about to be married -- couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle. 

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  • Kaddish, Women's Voices

    52 Authors

    Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas

    2013 National Jewish Book Award -- For centuries, Jews have turned to the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer upon experiencing a loss. This groundbreaking book explores what the recitation of Kaddish has meant specifically to women. With courage and generosity, 52 authors from around the world reflect upon their experiences of mourning. Learn More
  • When Your Jewish Child Asks Why

    40 questions asked by Jewish children, answered by reowned rabbis, religious educators and developmental experts. Learn More
  • Pardes Rimonim

    Tendler

    The laws of family purity; nida laws; mikveh; bridal laws; pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, husband's role in natural childbirth; bris, birth control; genetic engineering; living wills. Learn More
  • Expecting Miracles

    Chana (Jenny) Weisberg

    Expecting Miracles is a collection of refreshingly honest and inspiring interviews with traditionally observant Jewish mothers about their diverse experiences of pregnancy and childbearing. It is about the ways in which mothers have managed to make these important stages in their lives into a time for personal growth, spirituality and real-life miracles. These wonderfully different, engaging and vibrant women, who represent a wide cross-section of the religious community, will quickly draw you in. Their personal stories will energize you to approach your own pregnancy with new insights and understanding. Have you ever asked yourself what Judaism can teach you about pregnancy? Leading Jewish women scholars, including Rabbaniot Chana Henkin, Tziporah Heller and Emuna Witt offer illuminating ideas for making these nine months more meaningful. Shaarei Tsedek Medical Center’s Bambi Chalkowski, Jerusalem’s most senior midwife, and alternative birthing midwife Sarah Landau will leave you more confident and well-informed for your journey of bringing your new baby into the world.

    In addition, you will discover that Jewish mysticism holds a treasure-chest of practical ideas as well as kabbalistic breathing exercises to make your birth a more positive and spiritually-enhancing experience. Everyone talks about the “miracle of pregnancy,” but how often have you, the expectant mother, actually felt that way about this experience? After the first burst of enthusiasm when you received the results of your pregnancy test, you have probably found, as most of us do, that processing this earth-shaking transition gets pushed aside by the rush and routine of daily life and the unrelenting demands of work/study, family and home.

    The time that you take to read this book over the course of your pregnancy will provide the necessary space in your life to recapture that original sense of awe and wonder, and will enable you to discover ways in which you can revitalize your pregnancy experience by growing and developing along with the baby inside of you. Expecting Miracles is filled with emotions that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever traveled the path towards motherhood and will inspire readers to find meaning, spirituality and Jewish expression in their own childbearing experiences. It provides new insights for pregnant women through a diverse array of personal accounts of pregnancy and childbirth by traditionally observant women living in Jerusalem, and includes interviews with distinguished educators and midwives, who discuss how pregnancy and childbirth relate to Judaism and the religious community.

     

    About the Author

    Chana (Jenny) Weisberg, also known as the Jewish Pregnancy Lady, is the founder of the popular website JewishPregnancy.org. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Hebrew University’s Graduate School of Social Work, and devoted several years to intensive study at institutions for Jewish learning. Chana is the mother of three and lives in Jerusalem.

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