The Jewish Book of Why

Alfred J. Kolatch

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The Jewish Book of Why

The Jewish Book of Why Explains the reasons for Jewish customs concerning marriage mourning diet prayer worship and the celebration of religious holidays

  • Title: The Jewish Book of Why
  • Author: Alfred J. Kolatch
  • ISBN: 9780824602567
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Explains the reasons for Jewish customs concerning marriage, mourning, diet, prayer, worship, and the celebration of religious holidays.

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    1. Stacy on said:

      I thought this book was very informative regarding Jewish holidays, traditions, and rituals. I keep it handy to refer to anytime a reference is made to something in another book, the media, or the calendar. I would recommend it to everyone who desires to know more of the Jewish culture. It was very thorough without being overly long.

    2. John Martindale on said:

      A good deal of the whys didn't appear to justify or offer any sort of rational grounding to a number of Jewish practices, I understand their commitment to Torah, but the application of it and the basis for many customs seemed pretty out there for me. Many of the whys behind certain customs went back to medieval superstitions, and beliefs in magic. A number of custom were the result of some rabbi creatively adapting a word or concept from some completely unrelated biblical passage that had nothin [...]

    3. Dov Zeller on said:

      This book has a lot of great information and I learned from it some interesting details about things I knew a just a little about. The organization can be a bit frustrating and because of the organization, the book becomes repetitive if you try to read it straight through. The conversational tone and relative brevity differentiates this book from other similar books, and makes it in some ways more accessible. Some other books that do similar things but go more in depth: Telushkin's Jewish Litera [...]

    4. Ruth on said:

      I learned a lot of new info. What stands out most is that they used to (or maybe still do) put knives in the crib with baby boys before their circumcision. That is what stood out most to me because as a general rule, you don't give knives to babies. Like my nephew is almost 4 and he was waiving a chopstick around the other day and that was terrifying enough to my eyeballs and those of everyone in the room.

    5. C. L. M. on said:

      Incredibly educational. I have learned so much from this book. Mr. Kolatch has clearly put much time into creating this collection of Jewish information. I am now reading the Second Jewish Book of Why as the first was so fantastic.

    6. Laura Gilfillan on said:

      A book explaining the background of many, many of the laws and traditions that Jewish people follow. Interesting, if somewhat overwhelming, to learn about. I also enjoyed finding out more about the ancient history that is the foundation of the Jewish faith.

    7. Aryeh on said:

      Read this one over the course of a few months off and on. It's a book of common questions and answers, so does not need to be read all at once. For recommending to folks with questions…I'd give it about a 3. There are much better books out there, but this also isn't the worst. Although it was published in the early 1980s, one might expect the answers to questions about a thousands-year-old faith to be somewhat timeless, but this is unfortunately not the case. I was disappointed by Kolatch's la [...]

    8. Lisa Ard on said:

      I didn't read every word of this book, but then the format doesn't lend itself to that. It's more of an encyclopedia on the Jewish traditions and religion with short excerpts explaining why Jews do what they do. A Jewish friend recommended it to me when I asked for a book that would explain some of the key concepts of Judaism. This conversation arose after she told of setting up the sukka for Sukkot. (What?!) The book covers marriage and divorce, death and morning, dietary laws, clothing, the hi [...]

    9. Avery Miller on said:

      This book was very informational For the most unnecessary things you need to know about judaism. I was actually pleasantly surprised though. This book was pretty fun to read. I thought this book was going to be a boring informational reading It was half of that. I really enjoyed the reasoning behind all of the different cultural things that they do. I wouldn't read this again, but I did like it.

    10. Tamara on said:

      A friend loaned me this book and I am so glad she did. I learned so much about the Jewish religion from this book. If anyone wants to find out why we do the things we do in the Jewish religion, this is the book for you. If you are someone who is interested in understanding the Jewish religion than this book is for you as well. I highly recommend this book as it is extremely informative.

    11. Patricia Ferreira on said:

      Interesting book! I've read it to learn more about jews, since I knew what everybody knows: that they don't believe the Messiah has come yet, and they don't eat pork; it was pretty much it, actually, so with this book I learned that their relationship with their religion is much more complex, with many festivities and holy days; and they have to follow millions of rules. Very interesting.

    12. SmarterLilac on said:

      Amazing. This helped me understand more about the nuts and bolts of this rich, complex faith and its long history. The best thing about this book is that it breaks down what can seem the Herculean task of gaining insight into Judaism into manageable increments. Rabbi Kolatch's language is clear and accessible. Makes me want to get the sequel.

    13. Karyn Wynne on said:

      Very good. My only complaint is that I do not speak hebrew, and I have the impression that would help. I am reading the second book now tho. It was not that much of a deterrent to no know the language. I am Jewish and I like having the historical reference to WHY

    14. Kim on said:

      More than I probably ever needed to know about things like the blue thread in a talit (which I thought was a tallis, but whatever). Judaism is so interesting. This book is a Q & A--a little repetitive if you actually read it straight through, but not a bad resource.

    15. Michelle on said:

      I pick this up whenever I have a question. I've read the whole chapter on death and burial customs. It's very interesting!

    16. Marianne Ogden on said:

      All the things you wanted to ask a Jewish person but were afraid to ask. It's especially helpful as a cultural perspective.

    17. Laura on said:

      Interesting book, but definitely written for someone more aware of Jewish tradition than myself.

    18. Sharon Callaway on said:

      I am reading this now. Just to find out why they do and believe as they do.

    19. Amanda on said:

      I've read this four times nowevery time I do, I learn something.

    20. Zmira on said:

      I am still reading this book but i really has great facts about judisum

    21. Brianna on said:

      Most any questions you have about Judaism can be answered in this book.

    22. Joshua Sierk on said:

      still reading, sort of, on & off, whenever i get inspired. it's great to pick up & put down & that's what i've done for several years brotherinlaw has all of the series & i recommend them all

    23. Patricia Joynton on said:

      This is mostly a reference book. Read much of it and holding it for futher questions. Very appreciative that this book was written.

    24. Bari on said:

      the book my rabbi gave me on bat mitzvah, the book he gave to my brother on his bar mitzvah. both copies yet to be read all the way through

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