If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers. In this complete, concise, fascinating, and thoroughly informative guide to Jewish life and tradition, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch clearly explains both the significance and the origin of nearly every symbol, custom, and practice known to Jewish culture-from Afikomon to Yarmulkes, and from Passover to Purim. Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish observance and provides a full and unfettered look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious reasons and rituals that helped develop Jewish law and custom and make Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life. See our price match guarantee.

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Alfred J. Kolatch

Alfred Jacob Kolatch January 2, - February 7, [1] was an American rabbi known for his more than fifty published books, notably The Jewish Book of Why , and his books on Jewish names. Kolatch received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary , where he also received the Doctor of Divinity degree. It was serving as the rabbi in Columbia, South Carolina where Kolatch developed his interest in Jewish names, [3] the subject of many of his later publications. Kolatch also served as a chaplain in the US Army, and he was discharged in with the rank of Captain. Jonathan David Publishers publishes non-fiction books, ranging from sports, biography, reference and Judaica books. While Kolatch was a publisher, he also personally authored more than 50 books himself, mostly published through his own publishing company. This series alone sold more than 1.

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