The Jewish Book of why

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J. David Publisher, 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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Explanations for many aspects of Judaism and living a Jewish life in the form of short questions answered by one or a few paragraphs. It is not all inclusive because there is also a second book. Read full review

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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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About the author (1981)

Alfred J. Kolatch, a graduate of the Teachers' Institute of Yeshiva University and its College of Liberal Arts, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which subsequently awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree, "honoris causa". From 1941 to 1948 he served as rabbi of congregations in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kew Gardens, New York, and as a chaplain in the United States Army.

Rabbi Kolatch authored more than fifty books, the most popular of which are "The Jewish Book of Why" and "The Second Jewish Book of Why", "The Jewish Book of Why: The Torah", "The Jewish Mourner's Book of Why", "Inside Judaism", "The New Name Dictionary", and "The Comprehensive Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names".

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