The Jewish Book of Why: The Torah

The Jewish Book of Why: The Torah

by Alfred J. Kolatch
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The Jewish Book of Why: The Torah by Alfred J. Kolatch

About the Author
Alfred J. Kolatch, a graduate of the Teachers' Institute of Yeshiva University and its College of Liberal Arts, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, which subsequently awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa. From 1941 to 1948 he served as rabbi of congregations in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kew Gardens, New York, and as a chaplain in the United States Army.

Rabbi Kolatch has authored more than fifty books, the most popular of which are the best-selling Jewish Book of Why and Second Jewish Book of Why, The Jewish Mourner's Book of Why, The New Name Dictionary, The Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names, The Family Seder, and The Jewish Child's First Book of Why. His most recent works are Great Jewish Quotations: By Jews and About Jews, The Presidents of the United States & the Jews, What Jews Say About God, and Masters of the Talmud: Their Lives and Views.

In addition to his scholarly work, Rabbi Kolatch has served as president of the Association of Jewish Chaplains of the Armed Forces and as vice-president of the interdenominational Military Chaplains Association of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824604547
Publisher: David, Jonathan Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.25(d)

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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.