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  • Hardcover: 1126 pages
  • Publisher: Philipp Feldheim; Expanded edition (January 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873067630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873067638
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 3.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original Language: Hebrew

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It also makes a good bar or bat mitzvah gift.
David G. Ebin
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.
Loren D. Morrison
It is done in a very easy reading style and yet thoroughly covers the subject.
Casinobill

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Loren D. Morrison on June 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Casinobill on February 29, 2008
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ChiJD on April 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alon Tolwin on June 25, 2006
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Rabbi Bulman did the Jewish world, and for that matter the world at large, a favor by translating this classic work by KiTov. Now Jews who labor under false ideas and others who do not have access to the true beauty of the Jewish year can read, learn understand and perhaps fullfill that which Jews have known for thousands of years.

The prose borders on poetry. The organization is superbe. The complex has been rendered simple in this wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reader1840 on December 27, 2009
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These books are brilliant. For someone with a weak background in my Judaism, having the book is a great companion.It covers every aspect of holidays and Jewish calender. It explains how something should be done, why its done this way, how the tradition came about, and then any midrash on the subject.

Its not a dry read. The inclusion of stories, history, and debates make it an easy read.

The books have a great ability to quickly build a foundation on holidays, but still provide more then enough in-depth that provides intellectual stimulation to keep you reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Connolly on March 12, 2010
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Its hard to imagine a more perfect series of books on the subject of the Jewish year - the fasts and the feasts, the days of rejoice and the days of sorrow. No wonder it has become a 'must have' in Jewish homes, a work that can can give inspiration to those from the most observant and knowledgeable to the beginner, the newly observant and the convert.

Its well organised chronologically, being broken down by month into three volumes. The level of detail is striking. Yet what is even more surprising is how the book remains readable and fresh throughout, and a not some quagmire of laws and dry facts. It is kept alive by providing insights into the 'whys' of the holidays, not just the 'hows and whens'. Insights come from many sources, with any midrash on the subject explored. Also useful is the coverage of the numerous different holiday observances made by particular traditions and streams within the Jewish world. The book is not an account of one flavour of Judaism, making this a true Jewish calendar encyclopedia.

Vast in scope and a pleasure to read, I have no hesitation in giving these volumes full marks and a full recommendation.
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