Celebration and Ritual in Jewish Life

edited by Vicki L. Weber

Why does a Jewish groom break a glass at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony? Why do Jews eat only unleavened food during the eight days of Passover? What defines "kosher?" What are the rituals pertaining to the death of a loved one? The answers to these and many other questions surrounding Jewish traditions are presented in this elegant book, Tradition! Celebration and Ritual in Jewish Life.

The continuity of Jewish traditions over the millennia is what makes Judaism the rich, enduring religion and culture that it is. Jewish tradition is filled with ancient and meaningful celebrations. And the continuance of these rituals enriches the lives of Jews the world over. They are an umbrella under which Jews celebrate their lives, the cycle of the year and its seasons, the reading of the Torah, and the joy of the home. Life cycles and holidays form the framework for these rituals. Ritual objects, blessings, songs, and foods make each holiday unique. The joy of life-enriching events is always a reason to celebrate in their uniquely Jewish way.

Approached either as a reference book, or one you want to read cover to cover, Tradition! Celebration and Ritual in Jewish Life is a resource to turn to again and again. While there are many books on Jewish traditions, religion, and customs, none is presented in such an approachable, understandable, and elegant manner. With close to 120 color illustrations of magnificent ritual objects, people celebrating the holidays and family-related events, and the inclusion of several holiday-inspired and favorite recipes, this book is an indispensable and elegantly presented source of information.

11 1/2 x 10 7/8 in., 246 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-697-2
$40.00 U.S.

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