- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Schocken; Revised edition (August 22, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805210482
- ISBN-13: 978-0805210484
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days Paperback – August 22, 1995
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"When you read Days of Awe, at home or in the synagogue, think of Agnon as an old Jew from a world now vanished who happens to sit down next to you. He begins to tell you a tale, a parable, or a custom . . . that will open your heart to the splendor and richness, alongside the terror and awe, with which Jews have crowned this season."
—from the Foreword by Arthur Green
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew
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But, I found this book extremely useful as a source book. When i wanted to research a specific topic, i was able to look for that section in the book (its organized by topic, organized in chronological order of when the topics become relevant throughout the Days of Awe) and find a ton of sources on that topic. The sources range from Halakhah (Jewish law) to Machshavah (Jewish thought/philosophy). And, they all include full citations so that the original sources can be looked up. It was really helpful.
I happen to be Orthodox, but i imagine this book will be helpful and enlightening to anyone (all denominations of Jews) interested in researching or just learning more about the Days of Awe
The book is interesting, but the overall feel and tone of it is very old, and very orthodox. Of course, that is the point. These are old sources that Agnon is accessing; he is just giving us them in a new format. But the translation, made in the 60s, feels too Protestant Old Testament-like to have an authentic Jewish voice. No doubt the Hebrew original, which Agnon says he reworked in certain places to make it easier to read, doesn't suffer from this archaic touch.
All and all an interesting book, but not particularly compelling to real; it is a compendium which suffers from the illness that many compendiums do: it is uneven and sometimes flat out boring.
The reading of this work makes reading a religious act. The work could not be more highly recommended.