The Jewish book of why

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Penguin Compass, Mar 4, 2003 - Religion - 308 pages
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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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I wanted a book that had basic info regarding Hebrew customs etc to help me with more in depth Bible study. I am happy with this book as I use it as a reference with my study of Scripture. Provides ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Langston - Christianbook.com

This book is really helpful to me; lots of information that I need. Talks a lot about the Jewish people and what they believe in and what they do. We need to respect the Jews. So this book is helpful pick it up and read it. Read full review

Contents

General Introduction
1
The Early Years
13
Marriage and Divorce
25
Death and Mourning
47
The Dietary Laws
82
Objects and Garb
96
The Synagogue
120
Posture and Prayer
139
Shavuot
201
The High Holidays
211
Sukkot Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Tora
235
Chanuka
248
Purim
257
Minor Observances
267
General Questions
277
Bibliography
287

The Sabbath
154
Passover
174
Index
294
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About the author (2003)

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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