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Trepp in
The Complete Book o f Jewish Observance
(New York,
Behrman, 1980) disregards source references. His text offers in­
stead the advantage o f systematic advice on how and where Con­
servatism and/or Reform differ from the stated position.
Simon J. Maslin edited
Gates ofMitzvah: A Guide to theJewish Life
(New York, Central Conference o f American Rabbis, 1979)
with the expressed intent o f inspiring increased religious home
observance among adherents o f Reform Judaism. As such, the
text reflects the movement’s heightened sensitivity toward tradi­
tionalism. This should not be interpreted, however, as an indica­
tion that Reform Judaism has altered its position regarding a
“Shulhan Arukh” o f its own. Its opposition to authoritativeness
and ritualism remains unchanged.
A number o f guides on specific subject matter fall within the
scope o f this survey:
To Pray as aJew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and
the Synagogue Service
(New York, Basic Books, 1980), by Hayim
Halevy Donin, is lucidly written, without encumbrances o f ab­
stract theological language. It is rich in insights which can make
Synagogue ritual religiously uplifting and intellectually enlight­
How To Run a Traditional Jewish Household
(New York, Si­
mon & Schuster, 1983), by Blu Greenberg, presents a detailed
manual on all aspects o f home observance — kashruth, Sabbath
and Festivals, day by day practices, making the home festive
looking, etc. The traditional role o f the Jewish woman as a home
builder and custodian o f the heritage o f Judaism is here beauti­
fully articulated. Maurice Lamm’s
The Jewish Way in Love and
(New York, Harper & Row, 1980) is an impressive
guide to all aspects o f marriage according to traditional Judaism,
its motivations and purposes, and especially the concept o f sa­
Medical Halachah fo r Everyone
(New York, Feldheim,
1980), by Abraham S. Abraham, offers guidance on questions
facing the ill and their attendants. All types o f problems are con­
sidered here in a spirit o f profound reverence for Jewish law.
The literature o f responsa is usually arranged in the form o f
questions (She’elot) and answers (Teshuvot) on a particular issue,
in most instances following the editorial pattern o f the Four Sec­
tions o f Shulhan Arukh — Orah Hayim, Yorah De’ah, Hoshen
Mishpat and Even Ha-Ezer. Scores o f titles in this genre were