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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alfred J. Kolatch Narrator: Eli Wallach Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1999 ISBN: 9781598872552
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Why does the groom break a glass in a Jewish wedding ceremony? Why isn’t pork kosher? Why can’t a person be half-Jewish?

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. L’chaim!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Ogden | 9/21/2013

    " All the things you wanted to ask a Jewish person but were afraid to ask. It's especially helpful as a cultural perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/14/2013

    " I've read this four times now...every time I do, I learn something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/7/2013

    " Endlessly fascinating tidbits for the perpetually fascinated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewcygirl | 12/11/2012

    " Answers just about any question about Judaism. Love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/27/2012

    " 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). Judaism is so interesting. This book is a Q & A--a little repetitive if you actually read it straight through, but not a bad resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bari | 7/17/2012

    " the book my rabbi gave me on bat mitzvah, the book he gave to my brother on his bar mitzvah.... both copies yet to be read all the way through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn Wynne | 4/14/2012

    " Very good. My only complaint is that I do not speak hebrew, and I have the impression that would help. I am reading the second book now tho. It was not that much of a deterrent to no know the language. I am Jewish and I like having the historical reference to WHY "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/28/2011

    " I pick this up whenever I have a question. I've read the whole chapter on death and burial customs. It's very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Callaway | 11/4/2011

    " I am reading this now. Just to find out why they do and believe as they do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 8/26/2011

    " Most any questions you have about Judaism can be answered in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zmira | 7/18/2011

    " I am still reading this book but i really has great facts about judisum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 5/31/2011

    " Very good. My only complaint is that I do not speak hebrew, and I have the impression that would help. I am reading the second book now tho. It was not that much of a deterrent to no know the language. I am Jewish and I like having the historical reference to WHY "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/27/2009

    " 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). Judaism is so interesting. This book is a Q & A--a little repetitive if you actually read it straight through, but not a bad resource. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zmira | 6/12/2009

    " I am still reading this book but i really has great facts about judisum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/6/2009

    " I pick this up whenever I have a question. I've read the whole chapter on death and burial customs. It's very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/27/2009

    " I am reading this now. Just to find out why they do and believe as they do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/11/2009

    " I've read this four times now...every time I do, I learn something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewcygirl | 10/3/2008

    " Answers just about any question about Judaism. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bari | 1/9/2008

    " the book my rabbi gave me on bat mitzvah, the book he gave to my brother on his bar mitzvah.... both copies yet to be read all the way through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 11/11/2007

    " All the things you wanted to ask a Jewish person but were afraid to ask. It's especially helpful as a cultural perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 7/18/2007

    " Most any questions you have about Judaism can be answered in this book. "

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About the Author

Alfred J. Kolatch is a graduate of the Teacher’s Institute of Yeshiva University and its College of Liberal Arts and is an ordained rabbi in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author of numerous books, including The Jewish Home Advisor.

About the Narrator

Eli Wallach’s acting career has spanned more than six decades. Among his most famous roles are Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, Guido in The Misfits, and Tuco in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Throughout his career he has received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards, as well an Honorary Academy Award.