Let's Celebrate Our Jewish Holidays

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Introduces the history and symbols of various Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Shavuot

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Alfred J. Kolatch, a graduate of the Teachers Institute of Yeshiva University and its College of Liberal Arts, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which subsequently awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa. From 1941 to 1948 he served as rabbi of congregations in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kew Gardens, New York, and as a chaplain in the United States Army. In 1948 he founded Jonathan David Publishers, of which he has since been president and editor-in-chief.

Rabbi Kolatch has authored numerous books, the most popular of which are Great Jewish Quotations, How to Live a Jewish Life, What Jews Say About God, This Is the Torah, and the best-selling Jewish Book of Why and its sequel, The Second Jewish Book of Why. Several of his works deal with nomenclature, about which he is an acknowledged authority. The New Name Dictionary and The Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names are his most recent works on the subject. Other books by the author include Our Religion: The Torah, The Jewish Heritage Quiz Book, The Jewish Mourner's Book of Why, Who's Who in the Talmud, and The Family Seder.

In addition to his scholarly work, Rabbi Kolatch is interested in the work of the military chaplaincy and has served as president of the Association of Jewish Chaplains of the Armed Forces and as vice-president of the interdenominational Military Chaplains Association of the United States.

Alex Bloch, currently a resident of New York City, is a graduate of the College of Scenic Art of Moscow and the Institute of Printing Art of Moscow. Since immigrating to the United States in 1980, he has worked as a scenic artist on such films as Beat Street, Moscow on the Hudson, and The Cotton Club. Mr. Bloch has illustrated numerous children's books, including Let's Celebrate Our Jewish Holidays, Baby Brontosaurus, Baby Stegosaurus, Salmon County, Meet the Moon, and Abuelito's Going Home.

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Grade 1-3?Starting with the Sabbath, this overview explains how 13 Jewish holidays are celebrated. The chapters are short, and each page has a lot of white space and illustrations. The chapters on Chanuka and Purim are the longest, because Kolatch explains the history associated with those holidays. The information about the meanings of the holidays and their symbols is better delivered than the history as the author is not a lively storyteller. Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Day), not often included in books for this age range, is explained well. Told from a traditional Ashkenazi perspective, the material is factual and orderly. No holiday songs, crafts, or recipes are included. The pastel and watercolor illustrations are colorful but old-fashioned and awkwardly drawn, showing very little diversity among the Jewish people.?Elisabeth Palmer Abarbanel, Brentwood School, Los Angeles
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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