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Why be Jewish?

a guide for discovering and maintaining Jewish traditions and values
  • 210 Pages
  • 3.44 MB
  • English
Jason Aronson , Northvale, N.J
Judaism -- Essence, genius, nature, Jews -- Identity, Judaism -- United States, Judaism -- 20th ce
StatementRichard D. Bank
LC ClassificationsBM565 .B27 2001
The Physical Object
Paginationxxiv, 210 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15366419M
ISBN 100765761696
LC Control Number00056941

Alfred J. Kolatch’s book “The Jewish Book of Why” is the first of a two-book series in which the Conservative rabbi explains in clear and easy to read language the origin and significance of Jewish practices, holidays, and symbols.

Rabbi Kolatch Cited by: Rabbi Kolatch has authored numerous books, the most popular of which are Great Jewish Quotations, How to Live a Jewish Life, What Jews Say About God, This Is the Torah, and the best-selling Jewish Book of Why and its sequel, The Second Jewish Book of Why.

Several of his works deal with nomenclature, about which he is an acknowledged authority/5(53). A great book that should be in all Jewish homes and even non-jewish homes so that everyone would understand the religion better.

Even members of the Jewish faith, whilst maintaining the many traditional aspects of the religion will not always know why we do something. This book will have the answer/5(89). Completed in Decemberjust weeks before he passed away, Why Be Jewish. expresses Edgar Bronfman's awe, respect, and deep love for his faith and heritage.

Bronfman walks readers through the major tenets and ideas in Jewish life, fleshing out their meaning and offering proof texts from the Jewish tradition gleaned over his many years of /5(36).

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book book ever written about the life and ideas of the Jewish people. Absolutely essential for Jews and non-Jews alike." --Rabbi Rabbi Emanuel S. Goldsmith, Professor of Jewish Studies, Christians who want to know more about Jewish life and practice will find this an invaluable reference/5(89).

His most popular book, The Jewish Book of Why, spawned a series that has sold more than million copies in five languages. He died in Customer Reviews.

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expresses Edgar Bronfman's awe, respect, Why be Jewish? book deep love for his faith and heritage. Bronfman walks readers through the major Edgar M. Bronfman's clarion call to a generation of secular, disaffected, and unaffiliated Jews, this book addresses the most critical question /5.

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This book is an excellent resource for anyone contemplating conversion or simply wondering why the Jewish people are who they are.

I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in Judaism--Jews /5(27). Additionally, the book discusses why the Jewish state of Israel has now become the most despised country in the World today.

The inherent hatred of the Jews within some elements of the Church and Islam are also studied, both from a historical perspective and Cited by: Why the Jews by Dennis Prager gives a historical narrative for the causes and reasons behind antisemitism.

In his book Prague debunks many of the common assumptions that people in both Jewish and non-Jewish communities have regarding antisemitism, such as the scapegoat theory and Jewish success in the western world (although he does conclude /5.

The Jewish book of Why covers all aspects of Jewish life--including marriage, death and mourning, dietary laws, synagogue ritual--with much concentration on the holidays in the Jewish calendar. Because it is virtually impossible to fully understand the holidays without some knowledge of the Jewish calendar, some basic information is presented at the outset/5(38).

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.4/5(5). by a sequel (the Second Book of Jewish Why).

This is an informative and nicely readable reference - one can only hope that authors from other religions and traditions will write books with a similar format. My wife and I use The Jewish Book of Why as a reference book for Jewish beliefs, customs, andFile Size: KB. the jewish book: views & questions adam shear transition on Jewish culture exists.

For a survey of the existing studies on the early Hebrew codex, see Stefan C. Reif, “The Impact on Jewish Studies of a Century of Genizah Research,” in Jewish StudiesFile Size: 1MB. The Jewish Book of Why is among the best Jewish books ever published.

The book gives insight to Jewish customs like marriage, birth, divorce, holidays, and a lot of Jewish history.

Whether reading the book or just leaving it on the coffe table to peruse through, The Jewish Book of Why will be great for a jew, a person that is interested in Cited by: That is why he begins his book not with the Biblical origin stories but with the retelling of those stories by a Jew, Flavius Josephus, who lived in the first century C.E., well into the period of.

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 Brand: Rabbi Alfred J Kolatch. The Hebrew Bible, which is also called the Tanakh (/ t ɑː ˈ n ɑː x /; תָּנָ״ךְ, pronounced or the ; also Tenakh, Tenak, Tanach), or sometimes the Mikra, is the canonical collection of Hebrew scriptures, including the texts are almost exclusively in Biblical Hebrew, with a few passages in Biblical Aramaic instead (in the books of Daniel and Ezra, the verse Jeremiah 10 Language: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic.

That is the question raised by the disturbing inclusion of three admitted Jewish sex abusers in a soon-to-be-released book, “The New Jewish Canon,” by Yehuda Kurtzer and Claire E.

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Sufrin. The Bible is not a Jewish Book by Bertrand L. Comparet. The statement is commonly made, even by those who should know better, that we Christians owe a debt to the Jews, for we got our Bible and our religion from them. While many people have been deceived into believing this, it is completely false.

The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, is the moral guide of the Jewish people and the centerpiece of its religious life. For centuries, the teachings (Torah means "teaching") contained in this sacred 3,year-old document have been read aloud in the synagogue and studied privately by those seeking to extract from it meaningful life lessons/5.

A Book Review By DICK MORRIS of Why Are Jews Liberals. By Norman Podhoretz It is the question that sooner or later baffles every political pundit, consultant, expert, or observer.

Why do American Jews persist in their adoration of the Democratic Party. Why, like an abused spouse, do they tolerate Israel-bashing, support for the PalestiniansContinue reading.

The Jewish Book of Why answered fundamental questions of Jewish faith; this second volume digs deeper, addressing the complex, contemporary issues of today's society. Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch includes the attitudes of Jewish legal scholars toward such far-reaching topics as artificial insemination, birth control, and intermarriage, while expanding on answers included in the first.

As poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch writes in his new book, "The People and the Books," texts often became turning points in Jewish history. For. Judaism (originally from Hebrew יהודה, Yehudah, "Judah"; via Latin and Greek) is an ethnic religion comprising the collective religious, cultural and legal tradition and civilization of the Jewish people.

Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenant that God established with the Children of Israel. It encompasses a wide body of texts, practices.

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Green. Re: About Daniel being in the prophets The Jewish Bible is generally split into three sections, The Torah - Pentateuch, The Nevi'im - Prophets, and Ketuvim - Writings\scriptures\Hagiographa.

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From the bestselling authors of The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism comes a completely revised and updated edition of a modern classic that reflects the dangerous rise in antisemitism during the twenty-first century.

The very word Jew continues to arouse passions as does no other religious, national, or political name. Why have Jews been the object of the 4/5(5). In The Jewish Book of Why Rabbi Alfred J.

Kolatch treats these and 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.

Jewish sources offer six explanations for the custom of reading the Book of Ruth on Shavuot, the festival commemorating the giving of the Torah at Sinai: Both the Torah, which was given on Shavuot, and Ruth are all about kindness and generosity (hesed).T he two questions that make up the title of the German scholar Götz Aly’s latest book are the ones that many historians of the Holocaust have been attempting to answer for decades.

And as the book’s subtitle suggests, the answer that Aly supplies is not radically new. The novel twist in his argument consists of the way he links envy and race hatred as causal factors: Aly argues .Why Be Jewish?

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