The Jewish Festivals
A Guide to Their History and Observance
Publication Date: September 9, 1996
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Long considered a classic, "The Jewish Festivals"provides a rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have beenused throughout historyand around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewishfolkways and customs, Hayyim Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them. Written with passion and warmth, this book will infuse your own experience of the holidays with extra meaning and delight.
Harold S. Kushner is author of the best-selling books When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Living a Life That Matters.
"There is no better way to begin to understand the messages of the Jewish holidays and the basic precepts of Judaism than by reading this book."
—from the foreword by Harold S. Kushner
“In my teaching experience I have found Schauss’ The Jewish Festivals an excellent text. . . . It examines carefully all pertinent sources dealing with the subject.”
—Judah Pilch, Director, National Curriculum Research Institute
“Presents a panoramic view. . . . Highly recommended as a text for class study and home reading.”
—Azriel Eisenberg, Director, The Jewish Education Committee