But you can still purchase. . A collection of these letters has now been published as a book, Letters to Josep: An Introduction to Judaism. You found it lying around in the office somewhere and handed it to me, and I remember having half a mind to let you keep it. You are about to participate in a quest for friendship, understanding, and love, beyond language, religion, and borders. Okay, seriously, no, they have nothing to do with Judaism or Israel, but they are truly excellent, poignant, inspiring and hilarious books, and J. I seem to have a habit of sending Josep to the library.
By the end, my own sense of what it means to be and to do Jewish felt clarified and justified. The reason we needed it was that we needed a system to interpret the Written Torah. The weekly portion is read from the Torah scroll on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, during prayer services. Feel free to check out for information on and. She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker, and lectures both in Israel and abroad. Rabbi Judah the Prince, an important figure at the time, compiled the teachings into a volume that was completed around the year 200.
Over time a lot more was added onto it; we read the Shema prayer discussed with blessings before and after, and before that, more blessings, poems, and Psalms. Bravo Daniella Levy on a brilliant contribution, a short book that every Jew should read, as well as every non-Jew who wants an insiders' glimpse into what Jewish is about. Josep, a secular Catholic from Barcelona, wanted to learn about Daniella's life as an American-Israeli Orthodox Jew. Rowling was my personal hero as a teen. It was his first ever Hanukah gift. An updated edition of Letters to Josep: An Introduction to Jewish Life is forthcoming from Kasva Press in April 2019! A collection of deeply inspiring stories about coping with loss.
Letters to Josep: An introduction to Judaism Daniella Levy Guiding Light Press March 28, 2016 284 pages Letters to Josep is a delightfully fresh overview of what it means to be Jewish in Israel today. Josep, a secular Catholic from Barcelona, wanted to learn about Daniella s life as an American Israeli Orthodox Jew Her enthusiastic response to his curiosity resulted in this collection of entertaining and enlightening letters. This is the hardcover book I gave you. That custom stuck and is still practiced in every observant Jewish community today. It is also much longer and more comprehensive.
So for his convenience and yours, I created this page of titles I have recommended to Josep, divided by category and in alphabetical order. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. Letters to Josep is indeed, as its title promises, an introduction to Judaism. That is referring to this Oral Law. The story of a Sephardic Jew and a Catholic Spaniard who travel to Madrid together to research their family histories, and what they discover about their ancestors in 15th century Spain.
The Bible, the Talmud, the prayer books, and a whole slew of rabbinic literature from throughout the centuries. In each chapter Daniella Levy tackles a different area of what it is to do Jewish: how and why Jews observe a weekly day of rest, family and spiritual endeavors; the rules of keeping Kosher, several of which I'd never heard of before; the holidays and their meanings as well as their ritual practices; , prayer, and more. When we say that we believe God gave us the Torah at Sinai, what we mean is that He gave us the Written Torah which is the first five books of the Bible , and also an Oral Torah, which is meant to be taught from teacher to student and father to son. Her articles, short fiction, and poetry have been published by many popular and literary magazines, anthologies and online platforms. She is the author of and. Josep, a secular Catholic from Barcelona, met Daniella, an American-Israeli Orthodox Jew, when they took part in a conference together in Spain.
In scroll form, it must be written using the same special calligraphy and parchment that we use for the. Does he rejoice in holy war? It documents the unique phenomenon of Jews developing their own dialect of local languages throughout history. Does he want us to hate our enemies and terrorise unbelievers? So too, her vivid description of singing Jewish songs together with Israeli school kids in the forests of Poland brought tears to my eyes. What does it look and feel like to live as an Orthodox Jew? Allllll that is the Babylonian Talmud. While for the most part, the book is light-hearted and entertaining, parts are also poignant and personal. Inspired by his curiosity, Daniella began to describe her faith and her life to Josep: from celebrating the Sabbath to keeping kosher, from the Hebrew calendar to the Jewish concept of the afterlife.
The latter is the one most widely studied. Whether you are Jewish, Christian or any other religion, let the learning begin. Her short fiction, articles, and poetry--in three languages--have been published Daniella Levy is a mother of three, rabbi's wife, writer, translator, self-defense instructor, bridal counselor, black belt in karate, and certified medical clown--and she still can't decide what to be when she grows up. In each chapter, Levy sprinkles gentle humor plus insightful pithy, wisdom comments to convey easily and yet in depth the essence of being and doing Jewish. No, it has nothing at all to do with Judaism or Israel, but neither did that post.
The conversational tone she strikes is friendly and put me at ease, but at the same time her faith in and love of her roots shines through. This collection of amusing and enlightening letters. They did this because Jews at the time were poorly versed in Torah and were forgetting how to speak Hebrew. Well, it did, and this book is it. Her Talmudic studies notes in high school consisted of a series of silly dramatizations of Jewish sages yelling at each other.
Bookstores and libraries can purchase it wholesale through Ingram or contact me for better rates. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our and for more details. She explains complex concepts in a manner so unassuming and accessible that even the most uninitiated can relate--but with enough depth that the knowledgeable will find new insight, too. After the destruction of the Second Temple, the great Torah scholars were being killed and teaching Torah was illegal under the Romans. For her part, Daniella, was happy to respond to his questions, and after she returned to her home in Israel, their friendship continued online. This is a love story…not a story of romance or fiction… but of a shared, unbroken connection through the centuries, Judaism.