The JGuy's Teacher's and Parent's Guide

The JGuy's Teacher's and Parent's Guide

by Joseph B. Meszler


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A critical examination of God's destiny for the Jewish people, and the greater role that divine purpose plays in shaping our world.

Rosh Hashanah is just one of two surviving Jewish new years from antiquity, the other being the month in which Passover falls. The two are exactly six months apart, proper symbolism of the age-old Jewish struggle to balance two contrasting principles: universalism and particularism. Passover's central theme is the particularistic tale of the Jewish People released from servitude in Egypt to fulfill its historic destiny. The message of Rosh Hashanah, by contrast, is the universalistic definition of that destiny, the role that every Jew must play simply by virtue of being human, and the role of Judaism in helping Jews play that role with proper passion and commitment.

This interweaving of a universalistic purpose to Israel's mission along with the particularistic affirmation that Israel has such a mission in the first place occurs throughout the High Holy Day liturgy, particularly in the prayers represented in this fifth volume in the Prayers of Awe series. The title, All the World, derives from a famous translation of an early medieval poem that is part of the new year liturgy. It is juxtaposed to other prayers of a universalistic nature, particularly Uv'khen, literally, "And therefore," a regular addition to the central Jewish prayer, the Amidah. "And therefore" launches the ultimate Jewish question: What's the point of it all, which is to say, "And therefore, what?" It combines the particularistic concern for Israel as a People called by God with the universalistic proclamation that Israel is called for universal ends.

ll The World assembles some forty contributors, men and women from all Jewish denominations and from around the world—scholars, rabbis, artists and thinkers from Canada, France, Germany, Israel, the UK and USA—to launch the crucial discussion of what the High Holy Days have to say about universalism and particularism in Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580237734
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Series: Prayers of Awe
Pages: 62
Sales rank: 873,835
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is a noted spiritual leader and educator, recognized for his ability to connect the importance of Jewish tradition with everyday life. He is coauthor of The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys and author of Facing Illness, Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails; Witnesses to the One: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma; and A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader (all Jewish Lights). He is the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Massachusetts, and an instructor at the Kehillah Schechter Academy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why The JGuy's Guide ? v
Planning a Lesson vii

I might be braver than I think. 1
I like my friends, but not always what they do. 5
True to Myself
Sometimes things bother me, but I am not comfortable speaking up. 9
One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours
I love my parent(s), but adults can be clueless. 13
God ... Really?
I am not sure I believe in God because the world is pretty messed up. 20
The Torah of Everything
Now that I think about it, that's amazing! 24
Enough Already
Why am I so stressed out? 30
Falling in Lust, Falling in Love
I can't help thinking about sex, but I don’t know what’s right for me. 35
Not on My Watch
Does what I do actually matter? 40
Looking Inside at the Man I Want to Be
Beginning with myself. 44

Additional Resources 49

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