High Holiday Stories: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Thoughts on Family, Faith and Food

Overview


The High Holidays are the most important festivals of the Jewish year, and all Jews have their own memories of these special days. It’s a time to remember, a time to be with families, and a time to tell stories about past generations. High Holiday Stories is filled with 101 heartfelt holiday remembrances, from famous people, and some only known to their own circle of family and friends. They recount varied Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences, from observing the holiday in the Colorado Rockies to Army bases ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $2.95   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview


The High Holidays are the most important festivals of the Jewish year, and all Jews have their own memories of these special days. It’s a time to remember, a time to be with families, and a time to tell stories about past generations. High Holiday Stories is filled with 101 heartfelt holiday remembrances, from famous people, and some only known to their own circle of family and friends. They recount varied Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences, from observing the holiday in the Colorado Rockies to Army bases in Iraq, and even online in Los Angeles. The stories come from people of all ages, all professionals, from New York to California, New Zealand to England. And you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this—the twenty-first century world is a much smaller world, and many faiths can come together and appreciate these stories.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883911914
  • Publisher: Fell, Frederick Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Rips is the book maven of the Midwest. She’s a longtime bookseller and book reviewer who does regular book segments on radio and TV.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted August 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A sweet book about the High Holidays

    Hey, that's me! Coincidentally, the first entry Nancy Rips writes in her remembrances of High Holidays past happens to be my own fondest religious memory from my childhood. "I loved sitting next to my dad during High Holiday services and playing with the fringes of his tallit," she writes. "I would braid them, count them, curl them, and roll them around my fingers. It was a comforting feeling to sit there in the enveloped warmth of my dad." Rips brings readers right back to the quiet moments when there is nothing more to do than sit next to your dad. A moment like this, and many of the others remembered in High Holiday Stories, encapsulates the spiritual observance of simplicity, often forgotten in today's busy world.

    Nancy Rips presents a variety of quotes, witticisms and stories about the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in this charming, little book. Some entries are profound. Some are silly. Some are more poignant than they first appear, like Michael Kors' memory of stealing yarmulkes, and taking them home to use them to make doll clothes. Refreshingly, not all the memories are feel-good. Some are sweet, but some are bitter too. Some of the quotes are by celebrities. Most are by the rest of us commoners. High Holidays is a book you can dip into to fish out a story sure to remind you to appreciate the gifts of life. Priorities. Family. Ritual. Atonement. Forgiveness. And food.

    Rips organizes the entries into eight, related chapters of holiday memories, such as "Who Put the Rush in Rosh Hashanah?", "Fast Foods: How do you stop thinking about food when you aren't supposed to eat or drink for an entire 25-hour period?" and the humorous conclusion "Let My People Enjoy." In "Why Are these Holidays Different from All Other Holidays?" she presents a myriad of ways the High Holidays are observed - in Baghdad, in college, after a hurricane. According to one brief tale written by Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Jewish people in Italy have a Rosh Hashanah Seder. (Americans have the Seder at Passover.) On Italian Seder plates, they have dates, pomegranates, apples, pumpkin, scallions, and sometimes even a fish head. These stories remind us that it's not the exact ritual, but the intent behind it, that makes these holidays special.

    High Holidays would make the perfect gift for that perfect someone in your life. Or get it for yourself, for when you need a little reminder or pick-me-up. After all, as Rips notes a Jewish proverb as saying, "Worries go down better with chicken soup than without."

    Quill says: Spoon up a little matzo ball soup for the soul in this sweet, little book about the High Holidays.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 13, 2010

    It's the perfect book for Rosh Hashanah!

    I loved this charming book, and not being Jewish I learned about the High Holidays in stories -- some fun, some serious, all worthwhile. Highly recommended!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Couldn't put it down

    I came away with feelings of joy and celebration -- all wrapped in a gentle spirituality that gave meaning and insight to these holidays that have nurtured people for centuries.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)