Jewish Year: Celebrating the Holidays

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Highlighted by spiritual, cultural, and social commentary, a richly illustrated survey of the Jewish holidays provides a detailed guide to the customs, rituals, traditions, and religious significance of the Sabbath, Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Chanukah, Purim, Lag B'Omer, and Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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BARBARA RUSH is the author or co-author of nine books of Jewish folklore and folktales for both children and adults, including The Book of Jewish Women’s Tales (Jason Aronson) and The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World. From the late 1960s to the late 1990s, Ms. Rush was a professional storyteller, appearing at theaters, universities, festivals, libraries, schools, and synagogues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel.

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Grade 9 Up-This beautifully constructed guide through the Jewish year takes readers far beyond mere observance to a true appreciation of the significance of the holidays as "the thread that binds together and unites all Jewish people." Combining history, tradition, literature, and art, Rush has created a multifaceted work that informs, entertains, and even challenges. Drawing on a rich array of sources, the author explains each holiday within a context that is at once seasonal, historical, and religious. Her background in storytelling enriches the text, as do abundant references to the Hebrew origin and numerological interpretation of common terms. Each explanation is enhanced by a diverse collection of written literature, including folklore, original tales, and midrash. The literary selections determine the tone of the book, for these works reflect the spiritual and cultural wealth of Judaism, giving a voice to the Jewish people that rings clear in all its complexity and humor. Exquisite, full-color reproductions augment the text, and include images of Jewish ritual objects, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, and folk art. They reinforce the idea that the Jewish people are bound by a common heritage that crosses national, cultural, and even historical lines. Although there is no index or glossary, the fine organization, detailed text, and thorough contents page more than compensate. A handsome book that will enrich any Judaica collection.
Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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