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Overview Long considered a classic for its rich portrait of the diversity and depth of Jewish observance, this account of the orgins and development of the Jewish holidays also provides a fascinating and useful guide to the rituals, customs, and ceremonies practiced by Jews throughout history in all parts of the world. Introduction by Harold S. Kushner.
Publishers Description Why is the Jewish New Year designated on the Jewish calendar as the first day of the "seventh" month, and not of the "first "month? Why do women cover their eyes when reciting the blessing over the Sabbath candles? How did the Seder originate? Does the Book of Esther, read on Purim, mirror any real historical events? Long considered a classic, "The Jewish Festivals" provides a rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have been used throughout history and around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewish folkways and customs, Hayyim Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them. Written with passion and warmth, this book will infuse your own experience of the holidays with extra meaning and delight.
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Hayyim Schauss taught for more than twenty-five years at the Jewish Teachers Seminary in New York and at the College of Jewish Studies and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He was the author of many books and articles on the Jewish religion and its customs, ceremonies and folklore.