The Lifetime of a Jew throughout the Ages of Jewish History

The Lifetime of a Jew throughout the Ages of Jewish History

The Lifetime of a Jew throughout the Ages of Jewish History

The Lifetime of a Jew throughout the Ages of Jewish History

Excerpt

The present work on The Lifetime of a Jew discusses the significant aspects in the life of the individual Jew from birth to death. The treatment followed in this book is the same so successfully achieved by the author in his previous volume on The Jewish Festivals.

To the best of our knowledge this is the first book in which a writer not only gives the historical and ceremonial significance of each of the great events of birth, bar mitsvo, education, marriage, and death, but also traces the observances connected with these events through the centuries and in various lands. The book therefore is a unique contribution to the story of Jewish life.

The author who is steeped in Jewish life and lore approaches his subject critically, yet with warmth, sympathy, and enthusiasm. This twofold treatment is indeed a significant achievement. As a result, the book will serve as a popular reader for young people and adults, as well as a book of study for all those who are interested in the subject.

A word should be said concerning the plan of transliteration followed in this book. Usually schemes of transliteration follow the S'fardic pronunciation. In view of the fact that the Jews in America use mainly the Ashk'nazic pronunciation, many of the Hebrew terms when transliterated in accordance with S'fardic practice strike them as strange, even when these terms are familiar to them in the form commonly employed in conversation among Jews. The plan we have followed is therefore largely popular and phonetic and in accordance with the Ashk'nazic pronunciation with very few exceptions. Where words and phrases have become familiar in the S'fardic form, we have retained them. We hope therefore that the average . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.