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The Book of Our Heritage: The Jewish Year and Its Days of Significance [Hardcover]

Eliyahu Ki oTov , Dovid Landesman , Joyce Bennett

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  • Hardcover: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: Philipp Feldheim; Adapted and expanded ed edition (Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873067630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873067638
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE MONTH OF TISHREI HAS THREE NAMES: ha-chodesh ha-shevi'i ["the seventh month" (Vayikra 23:24)], yerach ha-eisanim ["the month of the strong" (Melachim I 8:2)], and Tishrei, the name that came into use after the Babylonian exile. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical and Historical Background and Commentaries 10 Jun 2000
By Loren D. Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
If one wants to know the how, when, where, and why of Jewish observance, I can't imaging a better source of answers than THE BOOK OF OUR HERITAGE. For ease of use the book is broken down by month and then, chronologically, by days of importance.
In addition to presenting biblical and historical reasons for just about everything, it even explains differences in tradition and methods of observance between various Jewish sects.
I don't read Hebrew, except at the most elemental level, so I can't speak for the original, but the translation is written in such a clear manner that even the most complex issues are made comprehensible. For someone like me, who is only vaguely aware of many of the less well-known traditions and requirements, this book is a gold mine of information.
THE BOOK OF OUR HERITAGE covers all phases of the calendar year, holidays, fast days, days of joy, and days of sorrow. It clarifies both the meaning of the law and the appropriate methods of observance. It gives Rabbinical interpretations and insights of the Sages throughout Jewish history. Until reading the comments contained herein, I never really understood why, as a child, I asked the "Four Questions" at the Passover Seder, and I certainly never understood the deeper significance of the answers I received. Now I do.
This is a reference that should be on the bookshelf in every Jewish home.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete History and Insight into Jewish Lifecycle 29 Feb 2008
By Casinobill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most comprehensive book on Jewish Lifecycle events that I have read. It discusses the entire Jewish Calendar and reviews ever significant date. In addition, he discusses areas that surprised me, such as Rosh Chodesh (the lunar calendar and celebrating the new month).

The series also covers the intermediate days between holidays and the laws that apply. The detail in which he covers Sukkot and the "Four Species" is amazing".

The wonderful part of it all is that the author traces the history of the events, and the pertinent Halacha (Jewish law) all the way back to the time of the First Temple.

An excellent, comprehensive work! It is done in a very easy reading style and yet thoroughly covers the subject. This is a resource for someone who really wants to learn about living Judaism!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable work to enrich your learning. 22 Nov 2004
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
I for many years learned with the Hebrew version of this work , called ' Sefer HaToda-ah.' This book was turned to whenever we were approaching a holiday or time of special meaning. Then the interpretation of KiTov his reading of the sources would greatly enrich our learning. I too believe this should be a part of the library of every Jewish home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful book about Jewish observance 12 April 2008
By ChiJD - Published on Amazon.com
This trilogy covers all of the Jewish holidays superbly. It not only covers how and when the holiday is observed, but it goes into a great deal of background information as to why the holiday is observed and what the meaning is behind the observance. It is written in an interesting manner, and I have a hard time putting it down once I start reading it. It is worth every penny that I paid for it.

Just a small warning though for those who are a bit less familiar with Hebrew and basic Jewish ideas: This may not be the first book you want to pick up. I did find myself creating a list of words to look up later that I did not know. I found that this aided with my memory of a number of key Jewish terms though, so this may not be a terrible problem really. If I could suggest an intro book before this one, I would suggest "To be a Jew" by Donin.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true treasure 24 Jan 2006
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
This is from the back cover."The Book of our Heritage" covers the many phases of the calendar-year, its holidays, fast days, days of rejoicing and sorrow: the meanings of their laws of observance as well as the relevant Midrashic comments andinsights by the earlier and later Sages."

Many times before a holiday I have learned from this book. The book was frequently used in the French Hill Shul in Jerusalem when there were questions of a particular practice on a holiday.

The book adds layers of meaning to our understanding of the Jewish calendar.

It is a true treasure.
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