A beloved contemporary classic, Holy Days is a personal account of New York's Hasidic community, its beliefs, its mysteries, and its encounter with secularism in the present age.
Combining a historical understanding of the Hasidic movement with a journalist's discerning eye, Harris captures in rich detail the day-to-day life of this traditional and often misunderstood community. Harris chronicles the personal transformation she experienced as she grew closer to the largely hidden men and women of the Hasidic world.
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When this book was first published in 1985, it opened a door to the mysterious world of the Hasidim. In 2000, with an Orthodox Jew as the Democratic Party¿s Vice Presidential candidate, Holy Days is more relevant than ever. The Hasids, a small but vibrant Jewish sect based in Brooklyn, New York, maintain their tight knit community by observing a rigorous set of rules for religious faith and daily living. Many more secular Jews have attitudes ranging from ignorance to downright hostility towards this group. Harris is honest about her own ambivalence as she enters the community, developing a friendship with a Hasidic woman and her family. Her account of their lives is sensitive, revealing and moving. As she begins to participate in their meals, their conversations and family celebrations and their observation of religious holidays, the reader feels privileged to enter with her and begins to understand their faith. Alternate chapters provide a thoughtful and balanced account of the Hasidic community and history. While these chapters offer much-needed context, it is the more personal moments of friendship and faith that leave an indelible impression. The book is an example of superb journalism and thoughtful writing but it is so much more¿a contemplation of faith that may provoke you to think about the role of religion and spirituality in your own life.