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The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit

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A true classic! When no one else can answer your questions on celebrations, ceremonies, customs, and rituals, The First Jewish Catalog can.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1965 by The Jewish Publication Society
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Aryeh
Mar 19, 2016 Aryeh rated it liked it
Entertaining in a time-capsule sort of way, heartbreaking a bit that some things haven't changed that the authors noted needed changing even in the mid 1960s, and completely beyond wonderful that some of the things they couldn't yet fathom have changed, for the best. Great how-to on a lot of things new or recently observant Jews may not even know how to ask.

Pros: Accessible (though good luck on finding a copy these days, Amazon does have a few. E-bay is a good option, surprisingly) in that they
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Deborah
Mar 29, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
This was my guide and inspiration the year (1976/77) I lived in the Westwood Bayit and experienced a chavurah (non-synagogue-based community) of Jewish students, then spent the following year in Israel for the first time.
Sara Cat
Aug 29, 2015 Sara Cat rated it it was amazing
Such a goofball hippie book from the 70s with actually really great information in there. Great reference book.
Oriyah Nitkin
Mar 13, 2014 Oriyah Nitkin is currently reading it
Still only in the beginnings of reading, but I feel like this is the Moosewood cookbook version of Judaism.
Fred
Jun 05, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Oddball, exciting leftover hippie relic that was somehow haunting an unnnoticed, unloved bookshelf in my childhood home - mind you, my father wore a crew cut until the mid-70s, so I have no clue how it got there. Perfectly subversive for a little yeshiva boy in the '80s. I loved it.
Kelly
Feb 19, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
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I love this book! If you're new to Judaism, and can find it, get this one. You will refer to it again and again.
Myla
Apr 04, 2009 Myla rated it it was amazing
Pure 70's nostalgia - the original hippy-Jew book - loved it way back when!
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