Holy Days: The World Of The Hasidic Family

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 1995 - Religion - 272 pages
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A beloved contemporary classic, Holy Days is a personal account of New York's Hasidic community, its beliefs, its mysteries, and its encounter with secularism in the present age. Combining a historical understanding of the Hasidic movement with a journalist's discerning eye, Harris captures in rich detail the day-to-day life of this traditional and often misunderstood community. Harris chronicles the personal transformation she experienced as she grew closer to the largely hidden men and women of the Hasidic world.
  

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Review: Holy Days: The World Of The Hasidic Family

User Review  - Mark Klempner - Goodreads

A receptive New Yorker columnist spends about a year visiting the Lubuvitcher community in Crown Height and tells the tale in this book. It really is well written, fair, and quite absorbing if you are ... Read full review

Review: Holy Days: The World Of The Hasidic Family

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Interesting survey of the life of Hasidics. I agree with another reviewer, however, that the historical chapters were harder to follow and less engaging. I would be interested to learn if anything has changed in the community since Lis published the book in 1985. Read full review

Contents

one The Neighborhood and the Family
9
two A Brief Social and Religious History
32
three Sabbath
54
four The Rise Fall and Reascendance
77
five Sheina
110
six The Mikvah Ritual Bath
135
seven Passover Exile and Exile Politics
150
eight The Satmarers and the Lubavitchers
176
ten Frummies and B T s
200
eleven Scenes from Days of Awe
216
thirteen A Wedding
242
fifteen Succoth
260
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About the author (1995)

Lis Harris originally researched the project for an article she wrote while a staff writer at The New Yorker. The author of the much-admired Holy Days and Rules of Engagement and a professor of writing at Columbia University, Harris has won numerous grants and fellowships.

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