A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice

“A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice” By Rabbi Isaac Klein.

This volume is a detailed and comprehensive guide to Jewish practice for home and synagogue, written in the spirit of the Conservative Jewish movement.

The compilation is the result of a project conceived in 1960 by Dr. Louis Finkelstein, then Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the purpose of which was to produce authoritative halakhic studies for the training of conservative rabbis. Rabbi Isaac Klein, a leading authority on Jewish Law, undertook the task and produced a series of pamphlets on Jewish law and practice.

Before long, a widespread demand for access to this invaluable material developed beyond the walls of the Seminary. To answer this demand, and to provide lay members of the Conservative movement with a reliable guide to Jewish practice, these pamphlets, extensively revised and updated by Rabbi Klein, were gathered together in a single volume.

The many subjects treated in the volume are discussed in the light of traditional Jewish sources (Bible, Talmud, Codes, Responsa, etc.), and are fully referenced for authentication and further study.

The topics covered include virtually everything that might be of interest to the modern Jew; the laws of kashrut and how to keep a kosher home; the meaning and significance of the holidays and how to observe them at home and in the synagogue; laws governing such key life events as marriage, divorce, birth adoption, conversion, death, and many others.

In addition, the volume includes full discussions, from the Jewish point of view, of such pressing issues of current concern as euthanasia, organ transplantation, abortion, autopsy, artificial insemination and women’s rights. Also included are relevant decisions of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Joel Roth, who has written and lectured extensively on Jewish law/halakha, has updated this volume with a comprehensive supplement based on decisions since 1979 of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

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