The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions (A JPS Desk Reference)

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Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible:
Miles z”l and Chris Lerman; David Lerman and Shelley Wallock

The bestselling guide to understanding Jewish traditions, now in paperback

This is a comprehensive and authoritative resource with ready answers to questions about almost all aspects of Jewish life and practice: life-cycle events, holidays, ritual and prayer, Jewish traditions and customs, and more. Ronald Eisenberg has distilled an immense amount of material from classic and contemporary sources into a single volume, which provides thousands of insights into the origins, history, and current interpretations of a wealth of Jewish traditions and customs.

Divided into four sections—Synagogue and Prayers, Sabbaths and Festivals, Life-Cycle Events, and Miscellaneous (a large section that includes such diverse topics as Jewish literature, food, and plants and animals)—this is an encyclopedic reference for anyone who wants easily accessible, accurate information about all things Jewish. Eisenberg writes for a wide, diversified audience, and is respectful of the range of practices and beliefs within today's American Jewish community—from Orthodox to liberal.

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The Jewish Exponent says "The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions is the jewel in the crown, to date, in the esteemed publishing company's desk reference series. It's the perfect gift for the curious Jew, scholar or layperson."

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The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions Ronald L. Eisenberg

Have you ever wondered ...

... why ten people are required for a minyan? ... why a wedding ceremony is conducted under a huppah? ... why the Kaddish became an important part of the service?" ... why the mezuzah is affixed to a door on an angle? ... what is behind the superstition of spitting three times? ... what is the traditional Jewish view on euthanasia and assisted suicide?

These and hundreds of other topics are covered in the latest addition to the acclaimed JPS Desk Reference series. It is a comprehensive and authoritative resource with ready answers to questions concerning most aspects of Jewish life and practice.

Using both classic and contemporary sources, Ronald Eisenberg has distilled an immense amount of material into this single volume, providing thousands of insights into the origins, history, and current interpretations of a wealth of Jewish traditions and customs.

The book is divided into four sections: Life-Cycle Events, Sabbath and Festivals, Synagogue and Prayers, and a final Miscellany section that touches upon such diverse topics as food, animals, and magic and superstition.

Eisenberg begins each section with an overview that provides the reader with a clear and basic understanding of the topic and then follows with more details and in-depth information. He writes for a wide audience and is respectful of the range of practices and beliefs within today’s American Jewish community—from Orthodox to liberal.

This in depth and factual encyclopedia of all things Jewish will be a valuable addition to synagogue and Jewish community libraries, as well as home and public libraries. It is also an excellent gift for a bar or bat mitzvah, confirmation, or wedding.

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