Gates of Mitzvah

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“Gates of  Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle” by Simeon J. Maslin (Kindle Edition)

A comprehensive guide to Jewish observance throughout the cycle of life. Included in this volume are sections on birth, childhood, education, marriage, the Jewish home, death and mourning, complete notes and a wide selection of concise essays on related topics.

In keeping with the traditional Jewish emphasis on deeds as the primary expression of religious life, this volume encourages the performance of specific mitzvot as the key to Jewish survival.

Gates of  Mitzvah was written to help modern Jews create authentic responses, to give their lives Jewish depth and character. While honoring the Reform Jewish principle of individual choice, it suggests that Jewish survival requires commitment to some meaningful level of Jewish performance (mitzvah), and that such commitment can bring great joy to home and family.

Simeon J. Maslin was born and raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts, the son of the cantor of the town’s Orthodox synagogue. He received his early education in the Winthrop schools, Yeshiva University High School and Hebrew Teachers’ College. After receiving his B.A. from Harvard, he went on to graduate studies in governmental administration at the Wharton School, receiving his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. It was while working with the Hillel directors at Harvard and Penn that Maslin began considering a career in the rabbinate. He decided to go on to Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati after being encouraged by faculty members at the Brandeis Camp Institute.

After his ordination in 1954, Rabbi Maslin went on to pulpits in Monroe, NY, Curacao, Netherland Antilles, Chicago and Philadelphia. After forty-three years in the pulpit rabbinate, including stints as the president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, he retired and has since been writing, lecturing, traveling and enjoying the coast of Maine. His five-year tenure as rabbi of the historic congregation in Curacao (1651) encouraged him to volunteer his services to overseas congregations after retirement, including Capetown and other cities in South Africa, Perth, Australia, and Singapore.

Rabbi Maslin is the recipient of a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary (United Ch. Of Chr.) and an honorary D.D. from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of numerous articles and three previous books. He is married to Judith Blumberg Maslin, and they are the parents of three children and the grandparents of ten – their own beloved minyan.

“Gates of  Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle” by Simeon J. Maslin is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app  (download app – here).

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 869 KB
Publisher: CCAR Press (December 1, 2009)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
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