Jewish Traditions: A JPS Guide

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Exponent

The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions is the jewel in the crown, to date, in the esteemed . . . reference series. It’s the perfect gift for the curious Jew, scholar or layperson.”—Jewish Exponent

Jewish Exponent
"The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions is the jewel in the crown, to date, in the esteemed . . . reference series. It's the perfect gift for the curious Jew, scholar or layperson."—Jewish Exponent
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin
"Offers a startling range of wisdom, history, and nuance behind every Jewish custom."—Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author of Putting God on the Guest List
Francine Klagsbrun
"A reference work for all time—clear, complete, and compelling."—Francine Klagsbrun, author of The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day
Rabbi Reuven Hammer
"A one-volume work that enables [us] to find information on virtually any aspect of the tradition—the festivals, the cycle of life, and ethical behavior."—Rabbi Reuven Hammer, author of Entering the High Holy Days
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608825
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Series: A JPS Guide Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 1,008,952
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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