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The Jewish Book of Why? (Paperback)

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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!

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.

Author:
Kolatch, Alfred J.
Genre:
RELIGION / Judaism / Rituals & Practice
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Revised
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
336
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Group USA
Publish Date:
02/01/2003
Copyright Year:
2003
ISBN:
9780142196199
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
5.0 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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  • The Jewish Book of Why

    I would definitely buy from this company again. Book arrived in a timely manner and in very good condition.

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    chazak from Fresno, California, Feb 17, 2011

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  • solid refernce/good value

    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 solid info for this Christian. Overstock had the best price on the book also. :)++I wasn't sure how to rate its 'entertainment' value, but figured that expanding one's knowledge of The Living Word is 'entertaining' to one's soul...& edifying to one's spirit...so I gave it a '5'!!! :)

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