The Jewish book of why

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J. David Publisher, Sep 1, 1981 - Religion - 324 pages
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Offering concise, straightforward answers to many questions surrounding Jewish life and practice, Rabbi Kolatch describes practically every symbol, custom, and convention relating to the public and personal life of the Jew, and attempts to dispell prevalent misunderstandings and misconceptions pertaining to Jewish observance.

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In The Jewish Book of Why, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch treats 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.
In sixteen chapters, practically every symbol, custom, and practice relating to the public and personal life of the Jew is described and explained. Without judging the merits of the rituals, traditions, and observances under discussion, the author presents, in a straightforward fashion, the origin, evolution, and significance of each.
The Jewish Book of Why, the result of several years of intensive research, makes an important contribution towards dispelling many of the prevalent misunderstandings and misconceptions that surround Jewish observance, Jews and non-Jews alike will find this volume enlightening.

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Excellent book to understand Jewish customs, especially holy days. Read full review


General Introduction
The Early Years
Marriage and Divorce

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About the author (1981)

Alfred J. Kolatch is a graduate of the Teacher's Institute of Yeshiva University and its College of Liberal Arts and is an ordained rabbi in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author of numerous books, including "The Jewish Home Advisor,

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