Symbols of Judaism

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This book introduces the reader to the fundamental aspects of Judaism by exploring the ritual and cultural symbols of the religion. Rabbi Marc-Alan Ouaknin offers insightful commentary, and basic questions are answered clearly and concisely. Why is the yarmulke worn? What is the significance of the tallith? Why is the mezuzah, a rolled up parchment, affixed to the right side of the front door in Jewish homes? Why are the scrolls of the Law written by hand? Each chapter of the book details the various religious ...
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Overview

This book introduces the reader to the fundamental aspects of Judaism by exploring the ritual and cultural symbols of the religion. Rabbi Marc-Alan Ouaknin offers insightful commentary, and basic questions are answered clearly and concisely. Why is the yarmulke worn? What is the significance of the tallith? Why is the mezuzah, a rolled up parchment, affixed to the right side of the front door in Jewish homes? Why are the scrolls of the Law written by hand? Each chapter of the book details the various religious holidays and feasts according to the Jewish calendar, starting with the New Year (Rosh Hashanah).
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a gorgeous book that has already been a bestseller in France, Rabbi Ouaknin provides thoughtful and accessible commentary on aspects of the practice of the Jewish faith ranging from the customs and rituals of Yom Kippur to the history and meanings of Jewish sacred texts and sacred objects. In a series of 30 reflections, each accompanied by a lavish full-page photograph of the symbol under consideration, Ouaknin reveals the religious use of everyday sacred objects like the tallith, or prayer shawl, and the tefillin, in which are contained "tiny parchments inscribed with texts from the Torah." Other commentaries in the book focus on sacred space (the synagogue) and sacred time (the Sabbath). Finally, Ouaknin's relfections on the interrelationship of Judaism and society are found in commentaries on Jewish religious and social customs like the mikvah, or ritual bath, and the brit milah, or circumcision. This beautiful book will appeal to both Jews and non-Jews. (Oct.)
Booknews
Full-page color photos and explanatory text describe the history, use, and meaning of 30 Jewish symbols. Rabbi Ouaknin conveys the philosophical and religious inspiration for various activities and beliefs in a feeling way, one that commands interest and respect. Included are artifacts such as the Holy Ark and Sabbath candlesticks, holy sites including synagogues and the tombs at the Mount of Olives, holidays such as Yom Kippur and Pesach, customs such as the Bar Mitzvah and the Mikveh, and clothing customs such as hats and beards. No index or references. Translated from the French. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. 9.25x12<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402812040
  • Publisher: Assouline
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 128

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 The Calendar
2 The Tallith
3 The Tzezith
4 The Tefillin
5 The Mezuzah
6 The Synagogue
7 The Sefer Torah
8 The Sabbath
9 The Chofar
10 Rosh Hashanahh
11 Yom Kippur
12 The Succah
13 The Lulav
14 Hanukkah
15 Tu Bi-Shevat
16 The Megillah
17 Pesach
18 Lag BaOmer
19 The Kaddish
20 SheBuoth
21 The Dietary Laws
22 The Mikveh
23 The Huppah
24 The Ketubbah
25 The Brit Milah
26 The Bar Mitzvah
27 The Clothing Customs
28 The Kippah
29 The Temple
30 The Magen David
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Great Sunday School Resource

    This book has helped make our study of the Old Testament come alive. The author's insight into the traditions, festivals and symbols of Judaism make them relevant to the contemporary Christian and Jew alike. Concise and colorful, with wonderful photographs and illustrations, I recommend this book as a gift to your pastor, Sunday school teacher or your Jewish friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Great book!

    My son go this book as part of a Bar Mitzvah gift. This book touches on every aspect of Jewish living. Great for 'Jews by Choice' or those who are rediscovering their judaism all over again.

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