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The Jewish Book of Why
     

The Jewish Book of Why

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by Alfred J. Kolatch
 

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Why do Jews eat gefilte fish?

  • Why is a glass broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony?
  • Why must the chapter of curses in the Torah be read quickly in a low voice?
  • Why are shrimp and lobster not kosher?
  • Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur?
  • Why are some Matzot square while others are round?


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The Jewish Book of Why 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a couple of much bigger volumes on Judaism, but this book is great because the book is in Q&A style organized by topic. The answers are not overly lengthy nor cumbersome and are easy to read and understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. It helps you with some questions you may have about customs and traditons about judaism or maybe just about life! The answers are easy to understand, and the questions are some that people may be afraid to ask, thinking people will consider them uneducated. Read this book and youll know many things about Jewish lifestyles and customs.
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Bobtheagedengineer More than 1 year ago
There's a niche, and it needed filling. Some answers are about tradition, some about ritual, some about dogma. The answers are always brisk and never in doubt. But I'm inclined to ask "Are they so? Are they good? Should we care?" The occasional conflict between one rule and another makes clear why serious scholars of the Talmud become crackerjack lawyers - they spend all their days studying and debating these matters.