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The book of customs : a complete handbook for the Jewish year

Author: Scott-Martin Kosofsky
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Fifteen years ago while researching Jewish imagery, book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky happened upon a 1645 edition of the Minhogimbukh - the "Customs Book" - a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to the Jewish year written in Yiddish, the people's vernacular." "There are no works quite like the historical customs books available today - none so thorough and concise, intuitive in organization, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott-Martin Kosofsky
ISBN: 0060524375 9780060524371
OCLC Number: 56214573
Notes: "Inspired by the Yiddish Minhogimbukh, Venice, 1593"--T.p.
Description: xxxiv, 430 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : a discovery --
A welcome from 1593 --
Custom and law --
Fundamenals of prayer --
The days of the week --
Sabbath --
The conclusion of Sabbath --
Rosh Hodesh --
The month of Nisan --
Passover --
Yom Hashoah --
The month of Iyar --
The month of Sivan --
The month of Tamuz --
The month of Av --
The month of Elul --
The month of Tishrei --
Rosh Hashanah --
Yom Kippur --
Sukkot --
Shemini Atzeret --
The month of Heshvan --
The month of Kislev --
Hanukkah --
The month of Tevet --
The month of Shevat --
The month(s) of Adar --
Purim --
Wedding --
Circumcision. Bar and bat mitzvah --
Death and mourning.
Responsibility: by Scott-Martin Kosofsky ; with a foreword by Lawrence Kushner.

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"Fifteen years ago while researching Jewish imagery, book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky happened upon a 1645 edition of the Minhogimbukh - the "Customs Book" - a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to the Jewish year written in Yiddish, the people's vernacular." "There are no works quite like the historical customs books available today - none so thorough and concise, intuitive in organization, and beautiful. Inspired by the originals, Kosofsky set out to make his own, adapting the books for modern use, adding historical perspective and contemporary application. The result is the reappearance of the Minhogimbukh after more than a hundred-year absence, and the first complete showing of all the original woodcuts - a visual vocabulary of Jewish life - since the 1760s. Faithfully based on the earlier editions, The Book of Customs is an updated guide to the rituals, liturgies, and texts of the entire Jewish year, from the days of the week and the Sabbath to all the months with their festivals, as well as the major life-cycle events of wedding, birth, bar and bat mitzvah, and death. With the revival of this lost cultural legacy, The Book of Customs can once again become every family's guide to Jewish tradition and practice."--BOOK JACKET.

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