The Jewish Book of Why has ratings and 34 reviews. Stacy said: I thought this book was very informative regarding Jewish holidays, traditions, and ri. Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch includes the attitudes of Jewish legal scholars toward such far-reaching topics as artificial insemination, birth control, and intermarriage, . Best Condition. N/A. Out of Stock. Jewish Book of Why – Boxed Set with The Jewish Book of Why and The Second Jewish book of Why. Alfred J. Kolatch. from: N/.
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Explains the reasons for Jewish customs concerning marriage, mourning, diet, prayer, worship, and the celebration of religious holidays. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Jewish Book of Whyplease sign up. Be the j.oklatch to ask a question about The Jewish Book of Why.
Lists with This Book. This book is alfrec yet featured on Listopia. Jun 01, Stacy rated it it was amazing. I thought this book was very informative regarding Jewish holidays, j.kolaych, 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. Nov 19, John Martindale rated j.kolatcy it was ok Shelves: A good deal of the whys didn’t appear to justify or offer any sort of rational grounding altred 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 jj.kolatch 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 j.kooatch completely unrelated biblical passage that had nothin 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.
A number of custom alrred the result of some rabbi creatively adapting a word or concept from some completely unrelated biblical passage that had nothing to do with the custom at hand, other customs are simply because some rabbi said j.olatch. If one wonders why Jews can’t eat cheese burgers and must have two different refrigerators, and ask why, j.kolattch is told that it is because the Torah says “Don’t boil the kid in qlfred mothers milk”, to which one again wonders WHY for this prohibition has absolutely nothing to do with not eating cheese burgers.
To this one is told some Rabbis interpreted it so. At which one wants to ask WHY would other Jews and rabbis accept such a ludicrous, groundless and off the wall interpretation? This is the kind of why question that Kolatch doesn’t address.
If the basis for such practices are really this loose, practically anything can go, no matter how off the wall and absurd. I just wish for some sort of justification or rationalization. Surely people would react and say this a ridiculous application of this law, but such an interpretation surely is more connected with the passage, than chilling stake and cheese in the same fridge being prohibited due to a command not to boil a kid j.kolatchh its mothers milk!
I had a similar experience while listing to a book on the early church, much of the Catholic doctrine originated really early, and for many Catholics this is sufficient, when giving the why the church fathers adapted such doctrines and practices, it often comes down to early church authorities taking some random biblical passage completely out of context, or some alfredd and irrational line of thought that was a creative response to some issue at the time.
I guess really it comes down to authority, the WHY simply is that someone considered an authority said so. If pressed, one gives the reason why that authority said so, and it doesn’t matter if the authorities “why” is ludicrous, based upon pagan superstitions, terrible hermenutics or fallacious reasoning.
I suppose respect for the authority means one doesn’t press further, it is not to question the authority or challenge the the authorities “reasons”, or lack thereof.
Maybe the reason religious afred explaining why don’t attempt to give a rational and sensible why to many things, is this wasn’t the basis on which ancient authorities formulated their ideas and customs, so they’re simply undefendable from modern viewpoint.
Nov 01, Dov Zeller rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 j.koltch frustrating and because of the organization, the book becomes repetitive if you try to read it straight through. J.kolqtch conversational tone and relative brevity differentiates this book from other similar books, and makes it in some ways more accessible.
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Some other books that do similar things but go more in depth: Telushkin’s Jewish Litera 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.
I think they all cover similar ground and yet each complements each other nicely. May 07, Ruth rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Oct 20, Patricia Ferreira rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve read it to learn more about jews, since I knew what everybody knows: I found this book painful to read. Parts were interesting but most I found very religious. Its one thing to do things because they are commanded in the Bible but to read the reason behind many things alot sounded simply superstitious reasons.
I learned alot from this book. I never knew Jews cared which shoe they put on first or had to wave certain types of branches 3 times in each direction and recite certain prayers. This book jkolatch a bit of an eye opener. I hope that Jewish people do these thing I found this j.kolqtch painful to read.
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I hope that Jewish people do these things for more meaning than what was conveyed in this book I personally dont think G-d is that picky, demanding or controling. Jan 20, C. I have learned so much from this book. 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. Mar 18, Laura Gilfillan added it Shelves: A book explaining the background alfref 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. Aug 04, Aryeh rated it liked it. 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.
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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 s, one might expect the answers to questions about a thousands-year-old faith to be somewhat timeless, but aalfred is unfortunately not the case.
I was disappointed by Kolatch’s lack Read this one over the course of a few months off and on. I was disappointed by Kolatch’s lack of scholarly references footnotes? Although historically this is actually largely true, without proper scholarly referencing it leaves the casual reader with a strange view of Judaism. What he is saying isn’t wrong, but how it is relayed might well be improved upon. The ‘Objects and Garb’ section offers the most useful information to the Jewish newcomer, in my opinion, and contains a few things I haven’t seen explained elsewhere.
Oct 23, Lisa Ard rated it liked it. 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.
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The book covers marriage and divorce, death and morning, dietary laws, clothing, the hi I didn’t read every word of this book, but then the format doesn’t lend itself to that. The book covers marriage and divorce, death and morning, dietary laws, clothing, the high holidays, Sukkot, Sheminim Atzeret, and Simchat Tora, Chanuka, Purim, Passover, plus much more.
It was more detail than I wanted, but then again, I found the information I needed and skimmed the rest. Oct 11, Avery Miller rated it really liked it. 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 alffred 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.
Nov 15, Tamara rated it it was amazing. 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 Wlfred religion, this is the book for you.