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Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days

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Compiled by S.Y. Agnon, one of the greatest Hebrew writers of the twentieth century and winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature, Days of Awe is the long-acknowledged classic companion to the High Holy Days prayerbook. Here in one volume are readings from the meditations from the Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash, and the Zohar, to deepen the spiritual experience of the h ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Schocken (first published 1948)
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Aryeh
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Modern classic. Nobel Prize for Literature author S.Y.Agnon pulls from over 300 texts to create this compilation of stories, traditions, and teachings regarding Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the days in between. I actually learned a lot from this. Agnon has a way of combining teachings to spin a few things in ways I hadn't put together before. Worth the technical and dated language to get the full effect.
Martin
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This didn't fully blow my mind, but fully kept my attention during the Yom Kippur gaps and Cantoric torture.

I would have wanted more parables and tales from the masters, but absent that, at least the book is incredibly thorough, front to back, missing exposition on nothing.

And it was inspiring too, in both the Return sense, and in realizing what kind of dedication it took to put this together.
rivka
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read from the beginning to page 38; and from page 183 to 193. Maybe we'll go back to it next year.
Patrick
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A rich compendium of traditions, anecdotes, and lore. Perfect to stick in your tallit bag and peruse when you have a few quiet minutes to reflect on the swirl of High Holy Day activities.
Yeedle
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book, coming from Agnon. You would expect to find some extraordinary insight into the Days of Awe, but all it is is a collection of laws, customs and stories.
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aka Shmuel Yosef Agnon or Shai Agnon

Awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people." (Award shared with Nelly Sachs.) He died in Jerusalem, Israel.