Holy Days: The World Of The Hasidic Family

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Simon and Schuster, 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."--Page 4 of cover.

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Holy days: the world of a Hasidic family

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The author is a staff writer for the New Yorker who approached a family of the Lubavitcher sect with the purpose of writing about their holidays, everyday observances, and place in the commu nity. The ... Read full review


one The Neighborhood and the Family
two A Brief Social and Religious History
three Sabbath
four The Rise Fall and Reascendance
five Sheina
six The Mikvah Ritual Bath
seven Passover Exile and Exile Politics
eight The Satmarers and the Lubavitchers
ten Frummies and B T s
eleven Scenes from Days of Awe
thirteen A Wedding
fifteen Succoth

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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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