The Enchantments of Judaism: Rites of Transformation from Birth Through Death

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Basic Books, 1987 - Religion - 224 pages
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Explores the basic rites of Judaism that define the landmarks of individual and communal life and discusses how the importance of these rites has been influenced by the tragic political experience of 20th century Jewry

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An excellent explanation of the whys and wherefores of the basic rites and practices of Judaism, including circumcision, marriage, the Passover seder, grace after meals, mourning and burial, the ... Read full review



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About the author (1987)

Jacob Neiisner is a distinguished research professor of religious studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and professor of religion at Bard College.

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