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  1. Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
    Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
    Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
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  2. Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder

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Recent years have seen an increased interest in Jewish life, its culture, and its celebrations. There are many new students of Judaism, often potential converts or members of interfaith families who are seeking to learn more about the religion and its rituals. Unfortunately, many of the existing texts that examine the Jewish holidays are written in a dry, unexciting way, making it difficult for the reader to retain much information. For those seeking to learn more about Jewish celebrations, Cantor Matt Axelrod has written Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder.

Intended for the reader who has no prior knowledge about the Jewish holidays as well as the reader who knows the basics about the holidays but wants to understand the holidays on a deeper level, Axelrod’s book takes a humorous, light-hearted look at the 11 most important Jewish holidays. Instead of simply explaining that Jews are obligated to observe in a certain way because of a biblical text, Axelrod shows where each holiday, along with its rituals, came from in a historical context. He provides a humorous retelling of the biblical passages relating to the holiday, explorations of rituals associated with each holiday, and descriptions of traditional foods.

Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays also features special sections labeled “In Depth” or “Perfect for Families” that expand upon elements of each holiday in ways that provide greater understanding of traditions or that invite the reader to get the rest of the family involved.

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Cantor Matt Axelrod
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

While I think this publication could benefit from some visual aids, it does an excellent job of offering an overview of the Jewish calendar and giving readers a "feel" for the year. The tone is lighthearted yet informative, and I found myself enjoying the book more as it progressed. The author goes into detail without becoming bogged down in them, striking a nice balance. Having grown up in a Jewish neighborhood, I thought I had the holidays pretty well down pat, but there were a few in here of which I'd never heard before. All in all, very well worth the read, and I intend to return to it as a reference work.
This book while not heavy in scholarship affords a look into the festivals of the Old Testament and our Hebrew brethern. The author gives a clearer understanding of the more well known feasts such as Passover, but also the lesser known holidays on the Jewish calendar. A Christian would glean knowledge of how these festivals pertain to their faith and may wish to consider celebrating them themselves. I enjoyed the book very much, it was quite rivetting!
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