The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions provides thousands of insights into the origins, history, and current interpretations of a wealth of Jewish traditions and customs. Ronald Eisenberg has distilled an immense amount of material from classic and contemporary sources into a single volume. Chock full of interesting, invaluable and illuminating entries on everything from Hanukkah to Rabbinic Literature to the Tree of Life, the JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions will be a much-referenced resource for all those interested in all things Jewish.
The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions uncovers a treasure-trove of information on Judaism and related areas of interest, including:
… and much more!
Separated into four sections – Synagogue and Prayers, Sabbaths and Festivals, Life-Cycle Events, and Miscellaneous (a large section that includes such diverse topics as Jewish literature, food, and plants and animals) – this volume is an encyclopedic reference for anyone who wants easily accessible, accurate information about all things Jewish.
Eisenberg writes for a wide, diversified audience, and is respectful of the range of practices and beliefs within today's American Jewish community—from Orthodox to liberal. The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions is certain to be a meaningful addition to institutional and personal libraries.
… a superb, easy-to-follow reference for personal and professional use.
The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions is the jewel in the crown, to date, in the esteemed publishing company's desk reference series. It's the perfect gift for the curious Jew, scholar or layperson.
An accessible, essential reference work … The author has done a masterful job in distilling the major beliefs and practices of a 3,000-year-old religion into lively and informative prose.
… enjoyable to browse as well as to consult on specific topics and can sit usefully on the shelves of both home and institutional libraries.
—Jewish Book World
I dare consumers of Jewish books to find a more complete and encyclopedic one volume work on Jewish tradition. The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions offers a startling range of wisdom, history, and nuance behind every Jewish custom. It is a comprehensive roadmap through the Jewish life and soul. It will be as useful to the knowledgeable Jew as to those who are just beginning their Jewish journeys.
—Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author of Putting God on the Guest List
… a handy and readable reference.
There is much to enjoy in Jewish Traditions and readers engaged in serious study, or a game of Jewish trivia, will want to keep the book close by … [a] very impressive piece of work.