In Those Days, at this Time: Holiness and History in the Jewish Calendar

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University of Calgary Press, 2007 - 324 Seiten
Eliezer Segal's approach to Jewish history and tradition has often been light-hearted and humorous. Through his web site and newspaper columns, he has reached out to non-specialist audiences with his entertaining style. "In Those Days, At This Time" is a collection of short essays that explore the intricate framework of sacred days and times which make up the Jewish festival calendar. Each piece is devoted to an occasion in the cycle of sacred seasons. Segal investigates the ways festival observances have been shaped over the generations, looking at different interpretations of their rituals, their symbolism, and their adaptation to changing historical circumstances. With such clever titles as "Getting a Handel on Hanukkah" and "The Eggs and the Exodus", these essays bring a touch of whimsy to a complex and deep-rooted religious tradition.

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Inhalt

The Sabbath
1
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
7
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
49
Hanukkah
69
The Fifteenth of Shevat
97
Purim
113
Passover
153
The Omer Season
213
Israeli Independence Day
237
Shavuot
249
Glossary
281
Index
313
Back Cover
329
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Über den Autor (2007)

Eliezer Segal is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, where he has been teaching since 1986. In addition to his scholarly writing, he has published extensively for non-specialist audiences on diverse topics related to Jewish history and tradition. Through his website and newspaper columns, he has attracted a broad readership with his amusing style and novel perspectives.

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