The work of our hands: Sign language
interpreting in Jewish settings - Introduction

David Bar-Tzur

Created 9 September 2008.

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Under construction

I am currently finalizing a book on interpreting in Jewish settings as titled above. I have asked some people specifically to read these as I post them to give me feedback, and I would welcome anyone's feedback as to where there is a need for clarification, correction, and addition. You can contact me at If you would prefer a Word document that you could add corrections or comments to in red font or some other methods that is easier, I would be happy to e-mail you text in that way. Currently I have only Chapter 2 completed, and as I finish more and more of the book, the Table of Contents below will have more and more links. If the Chapter is underlined in blue, it is a link. The other Chapter names are there only to show you what the structure of the book will be like.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Perceptions of Deaf people in the Torah, Talmud, and today

Chapter 2: Preparation and performance in any Jewish setting

Chapter 3: Shabbat

Chapter 4: The High Holidays - Rosh Hashanah [Jewish New Year] and Yom Kippur

Chapter 5: Rites of passage - Brit milah, naming, circumcision, bar/bat mitzvah, chatunah [marriage] and funerals.

Chapter 6: Chanukah and Purim

Chapter 7: The Three Festivals - Pesach [Passover], Shavuot and Sukkot

Chapter 8: Weekday worship services

Chapter 9: Songs

Chapter 10: Brachot [Blessings ] and miscellaneous

Chapter 11: Hebrew classes

Chapter 12: Jewish education - Day schools, Sunday schools and conversion classes

Appendix A: Gloss system

Appendix B: Video dictionary in gloss

Appendix C: Kaddish in its various forms: D'rabbanan [Rabbi's], Yatom [Mourner's], Shalem [Full], Chatzi [Half]

Appendix D: Glossary of terms in this book