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This book introduces the reader to the fundamental aspects of Judaism by exploring the ritual and cultural symbols of this religion. Rabbi Marc-Alain Ouaknin offers insightful commentary, and basic questions are answered clearly and concisely. Why is the yarmulka worn? Why are the scrolls of the law written by hand? Each chapter details also the various religious holidays and feasts according to the Jewish calendar.
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Ouaknin holds a doctorate in philosophy and is the director of the Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Juives in Paris and an Associate Professor at the University of Bar-Han in Israel, where he teaches comparative literature.
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Beautifully Done Jun 4, 2008
Ouaknin. Marc-Alain. "Symbols of Judaism," Barnes and Noble, 2003.
"Symbols of Judaism" by Rabbi Marc-Alain Ouaknin is the English version of the book that has been a bestseller in France. We get a very good look on different aspects of the Jewish religion including the customs and rituals of the Holy Days and a guide to the holy texts and objects that play a part in the observance of the faith. The book consists of 30 chapters each concentrating on one symbol and accompanied by a beautiful full color photograph. Objects such as the Brit Millah (the circumcision ceremony), the synagogue, and the holidays are beautifully explained. It is pure pleasure to look through the book and the commentaries are excellent. The text is studious but fundamental and the introduction to the basic aspects of the religion answers many questions readers may have. It is a pleasure to both the eyes and the mind.
Beautiful Book Feb 11, 2005
This book is wonderfuly done. It is full of beautiful photographs depicting the symbols described. The accompanying passages are simply written, easy for someone not familiar with Judaism to understand.
Beautiful and thoughtful Jan 25, 2001
This book has two advantages : first, it is so magnificently illustrated that it will be a pleasure to your eyes and second, its text is well writen and provides good information about Judaism and its symbols, although mostly at a beginner's level.
I do have a quite large library on the topic, but after I read it, I decided I had to buy a copy, for this book is really a must have for everyone interested in Judaism.