Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Category: 290s

296: Hanukkah in America by Dianne Ashton


296.4350973: Ashton, Dianne. Hanukkah in America: A History. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 278 pp. ISBN 978-0-8147-0739-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 290: Other religions
  • 296: Judaism
  • 296.4: Traditions, rite, and public services
  • 296.43: Festivals, holy days, and fasts
  • 296.435: Hanukkah
  • +0973: United States

Hanukkah is one of the oldest religious observances still extant and celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolts during the 2nd century BCE. It begins on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar and continues for eight nights and days. For almost two thousand years, it was a solemn occasion replete with songs, rituals, and reflection. But, like all things, when Jewish populations increased in the United States, it became a much more diverse and interesting event. Dianne Ashton’s Hanukkah in America is a look at how changes in America’s social landscape intertwined with and transformed Hanukkah forever.

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299: The EarthKeeper by Adam C. Hall


299.7131: Hall, Adam C. The EarthKeeper – Undeveloping the Future: The Extraordinary Story of an Earth Conqueror Turned Preservationist Who Uncovers Our True Nature and Reveals the Creative Power of the Universe. Los Angeles, CA: Agape Media International, 2013. 288 pp. ISBN 978-1-4019-42526.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 290: Other religions
  • 299: Religions not provided for elsewhere
  • 299.7: Religions of North American native origin
  • 299.71: Specific aspects
  • 299.7131: Spiritual healing

Adam C. Hall was a broken man. He angrily muscled his way through life. His temper was legendary with his business associates. His home life wasn’t much better either. His marriage to his wife Gigi was deteriorating and his three daughters sometimes ended up the targets of his erratic behavior. He thought he could find solace in drinking with buddies or rounds of golf, but he still felt empty inside. It took a long time and lot of spiritual searching, but in The EarthKeeper, he details how he was able to find peace even when he lost everything.

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294: The Easy Path by Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa


294.3444: Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa. The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions. Edited by Lorne Ladner. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2013. 264 pp. ISBN 978-0-86171-678-4.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 290: Other and comparative religions
  • 294: Religions of Indic origin
  • 294.3: Buddhism
  • 294.34: Doctrines and practices
  • 294.344: Buddhist devotional theology
  • 294.3444: Conduct of life (personal religion)

This is one those rare books where I had to get a lot of background information before proceeding too far. While many people at least recognize the title of Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama is a bit more obscure. It turns out that the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama function as sort of the Vice President and President of Tibetan Buddhism. Since each is the current reincarnation of the two original Lamas, each serves as the witness for the next incarnation of the other. If the current Panchen Lama dies, it is the duty of the current Dalai Lama to recognize the next one, and vice versa. (Side note: the sitting Panchen Lama has not been seen in public since 1995 as he is currently a Chinese political prisoner).

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297: The Koran: Selected Suras

297.122: The Koran: Selected Suras. Translated by Arthur Jeffrey. Decorated by Valenti Angelo. New York: Heritage Press, 1958. 207 pp.

Dewey Construction:

  • 200: Religion
  • 290: Other & comparative religions
  • 297: Islam, Babaism, and Baha’i Faith
  • 297.1: Sources of Islam
  • 297.12: Koran and Hadith
  • 297.122: Koran

The Koran (more accurately transliterated as Qur’an) forms the core of Islam. It is considered the verbatim word of God as compiled by Muhammad. That is the extent to which I am going to describe the contents of this book because I have a basic understanding of a comment flame war and I do not have the time keep putting out fires.

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