The Jewish Book of Why has ratings and 34 reviews. Stacy said: I thought this book was very informative regarding Jewish holidays, traditions, and ri. Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch includes the attitudes of Jewish legal scholars toward such far-reaching topics as artificial insemination, birth control, and intermarriage, . Best Condition. N/A. Out of Stock. Jewish Book of Why – Boxed Set with The Jewish Book of Why and The Second Jewish book of Why. Alfred J. Kolatch. from: N/.

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Want to Read saving…. The conversational tone and relative brevity differentiates this book from other similar books, and makes it in some ways more accessible. Only 5 left in stock more on the way. More than I probably ever needed to know about things like the blue thread in a talit which I thought was a tallis, but whatever.

Cory Martin rated it it was amazing Sep 08, The New Name Akfred Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I learned a lot of new info.

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The Jewish Book of Why by Alfred J. Kolatch

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Kolatch is also incredibly readable–while not necessarily literary–it also doesn’t read like a religious user’s manual. Surely people would react and say this a ridiculous application of this law, but such an interpretation surely is more connected with the passage, than chilling stake and cheese in the same fridge being prohibited due to a command not to boil a kid in its mothers milk!


Many of the whys behind certain customs went back to medieval superstitions, and beliefs in magic. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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Rabbi Alfred J Kolatch

Views Read Edit View history. I never knew Jews cared which shoe they put on first or had to wave certain types of branches 3 times in each direction and recite certain prayers.

Kolatch also served as a chaplain in the US Army, and he was discharged in with the rank of Captain. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Army two years later.

That being said, I don’t know if I could use this for a first night seder, just because of the tradition expected the first night with the full version of the haggadah. Dan Moskovitz rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Only 13 left in stock more on the way. If pressed, one gives the reason why that authority said so, and it doesn’t matter if the authorities “why” is ludicrous, based upon pagan superstitions, terrible hermenutics or fallacious reasoning.

Answers just about any question about Judaism. Corina Treece added it Oct 24, Jonathan David became known in the industry as the premier publisher of popular Judaica, but it expanded its reach by including more general-interest works of a secular nature.


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Nadia rated it it was amazing Feb 26, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Although historically this is actually largely true, without proper scholarly referencing it leaves the casual reader with a strange view of Judaism.

The ‘Objects and Garb’ section offers the most useful information to the Jewish newcomer, in my opinion, and contains a few things I haven’t seen explained elsewhere. I suppose respect for the authority means one doesn’t press further, it is not to question the authority or challenge the the authorities “reasons”, or lack thereof.

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Available for immediate download. Open Preview See a Problem? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. My fiance, not Jewish, read to me long distance so that I could give my gram the respect she deserved as an observant Jewish woman. Long fascinated by the written word, he thrust himself into the publishing profession full time.