A Beginner's Guide to the Steinsaltz Talmud by Judith Z. Abrams

By Judith Z. Abrams

In A Beginner's consultant to The Steinsaltz Talmud, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams selects a desirable and provocative part from the Talmud and is helping scholars to harvest the big rewards that may be accomplished while one encounters Rabbi Steinsaltz's old, ground-breaking work.

With the ebook of The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, it truly is now attainable for the fashionable reader to review Judaism's nice compendium of Jewish legislations and legend for the 1st time. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition is greater than only a translation. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz turns into our own teacher, guiding us throughout the problematic paths of talmudic good judgment and inspiration.

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But for an immigrant society attempting to acculturate, the Hebrew word reminded them of their foreign origins, while “tabernacles” sounded like elegant English. Or, to take another example, Conservative rabbis seeking better communication with their congregants would refer to them by their English names in ceremonial activities, ceasing to use Hebrew names except in the call-up to the Torah, thereby losing an opportunity to educate. suny_juadaism_ch01 7/28/00 12:53 AM Page 22 22 THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT IN JUDAISM In Jewish education, the Conservative congregations took over the functions from communal and private afternoon schools.

This congregation may consider itself at once more spiritual, more intellectual, and more socially cohesive than the host congregation. Often in these newly formulated relationships an uneasy peace is preserved between the minyan and the host congregation because of advantages to both groups. The host congregation can “claim” the young, learned, upwardly mobile group as a part of it, and the members of the minyan enjoy the stability of the congregational ambiance, facilities, and convenience of having a maintenance staff and nice room to daven in without the cost of maintaining a building.

They may advertise themselves as the synagogue for Conservative Jews who do not wish to participate in egalitarian services. Bat mitzvah, if held at all, is on Friday night, and the main arena for participation of women is the sisterhood. There is no organ or mixed choir. This synagogue provides an important “safety valve” for those who feel comfortable in more traditional services similar to those with which they grew up who wish to remain a part of the Conservative Movement. Though they may sometimes feel uncomfortable when they visit other Conservative synagogues, they can still relate to their home congregation as part of the Conservative Movement, and they know that they have a base of operations from which they can legitimately put forward their vision of Conservative Judaism.

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