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The Jewish Book of Why (1981)

by Alfred J. Kolatch

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Why does the groom break a glass in a Jewish wedding ceremony? Why isn't pork kosher? Why can't a person be half-Jewish? 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!… (more)
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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.
  raizel | Jan 20, 2017 |
NO OF PAGES: 326 SUB CAT I: Jewish Customs SUB CAT II: Jewish Life SUB CAT III: Jewish Practice DESCRIPTION: The author addresses hundreds of important questions about Jewish life and practice. The answers are concise, straightforward, and unbiased. Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform views are presented objectively.NOTES: SUBTITLE:
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
An easy to read question/answer format on Jewish culture and traditions. ( )
  c_curtis | Sep 10, 2007 |
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Why does the groom break a glass in a Jewish wedding ceremony? Why isn't pork kosher? Why can't a person be half-Jewish? 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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