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by Alfred J. Kolatch
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Judaism
  • Author:
    Alfred J. Kolatch
  • ISBN:
    0142196193
  • ISBN13:
    978-0142196199
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  • Publisher:
    Penguin Books; Revised edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Judaism
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Bibliography: p. 301-304.

Bibliography: p. The early years - Marriage and divorce - Death and mourning - The dietary laws - Objects and garb - The synagogue - Posture and prayer - The Sabbath - Passover - Shavuot - The high holidays - Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Tora - Chanuka - Purim -. Minor observances.

Alfred J. Kolatch was an American rabbi and graduate of Yeshiva College.

Kolatch writes lucidly and knowingly, explaining the biblical, traditional and superstitious sources of thousands of questions pertaining to Judaism; the comprehensive index is expertly organized.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Kolatch writes lucidly and knowingly, explaining the biblical, traditional and superstitious sources of thousands of questions pertaining to Judaism; the comprehensive index is expertly organized. Almost every question Jews and non-Jews are apt to ask about Jewish ceremony and practice is clearly presented by a leading rabbi and scholar.

Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish . If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers.

Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish observance and provides a full and unfettered look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious reasons and rituals that helped develop Jewish law and custom and make Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life.

Alfred Jacob Kolatch (January 2, 1916 - February 7, 2007) was an American rabbi known for his more than fifty published books, notably The Jewish Book of Why, and his books on Jewish names. Kolatch was a graduate of Yeshiva College and the affiliated Teacher's Institute of Yeshiva University. Kolatch received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received the Doctor of Divinity degree.

Start by marking The Jewish Book of Why as Want to Read . Mr. Kolatch has clearly put much time into creating this collection of Jewish information. I am now reading the Second Jewish Book of Why as the first was so fantastic.

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While nurturing other authors, Alfred J. Kolatch continued to devote himself to his own writings. The Jewish Book of Why, published in 1980, is the best known of his more than fifty works, selling millions of copies and becoming one of the leading Judaica titles of all times. Following the why format used so successfully in that seminal work, Kolatch went on to write The Second Jewish Book of Why, The Jewish Book Why: The Torah, and The Jewish Mourner’s Book of Why. Looking Ahead.

If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers.

Why do Jews eat gefilte fish? Why is a glass broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony? Why must the chapter of curses in the Torah be read quickly in a low voice? Why are shrimp and lobster not kosher? Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur? Why are some Matzot square while others are round? If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers.

Jewish and Rabbinical traditions and practices. Why do some brides walk around the groom at wedding ceremonies? In The Jewish Book of Why Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch treats these and hundreds of other important questions about Jewish life and practice. The answers are concise, straightforward, and unbiased. Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform views are presented objectively, in a manner designed to explain the how and why of various practices.

Why cant a person be half-Jewish? If youve ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why .

Why cant a person be half-Jewish? If youve ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers. Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish observance and provides a full and unfettered look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious reasons and rituals that helped develop Jewish law and custom and make Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life.

Why do Jews eat gefilte fish?

Why is a glass broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony?

Why must the chapter of curses in the Torah be read quickly in a low voice?

Why are shrimp and lobster not kosher?

Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur?

Why are some Matzot square while others are round?


If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers. In this complete, concise, fascinating, and thoroughly informative guide to Jewish life and tradition, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch clearly explains both the significance and the origin of nearly every symbol, custom, and practice known to Jewish culture-from Afikomon to Yarmulkes, and from Passover to Purim. Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish observance and provides a full and unfettered look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious reasons and rituals that helped develop Jewish law and custom and make Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life. L'chaim!


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The "Jewish Book Of Why" brings good "because" answers to questions about Jewish practice, rituals, and beliefs. It is written for people who have little knowledge in this area as well as for those who have a good background. It has been very useful to me for research and writing I have done on matters involving Jewish subjects.
Dark_Sun
This book explains the many Jewish customs and traditions. It would be a good book for someone who is or who is not Jewish. I bought the book as a gift for my girlfriend's daughter who is not Jewish but is marrying a Jewish man. She was very appreciative to learn about the different Jewish holidays and the explanation behind them.
Via
I'm still reading this book, but I'll admit he's very thorough! Lots of questions answered. And if this doesn't help you, there's a second volume!
Good for seekers, beginners, and Jews who just want to know Why?
Anyshoun
Great for learning the Jewish culture. I'm told though by many Jewish folks there are a few other books that answer questions much better. But I really have enjoyed learning about the Jewish beliefs.
Lestony
Easy to read, easy to understand answers to complex questions and great book to share. It covers from basic questions on Judaism to the most orthodox hasidic rituals that not even mainstream jews are sure of why they are done.
Xinetan
If you are marrying into the Jewish faith, this book is a must have. Tradtions and rituals explained.
DEAD-SHOT
fantastic book, This answers almost any question I have.
I have a grand-niece who is jewish; I recently attended her Bat Mitzvah. The ceremony was beautiful but it left me wiith many questions about judaism. This book was recommended to me by by niece (the girl's mother).
It answers many questions and leads me to want to read more.