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The Jewish Book of Why

Abridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/01/1999

The Jewish Book of Why

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Find answers to your most frequently asked questions about Jewish faith, worship, culture, and customs in this fascinating best seller.

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Product Description

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!

Author Bio

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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