My partner gave me this book. It has added much flavor and ease to our holiday celebrations. The wisdom of "why" pervades the text - and rekindles the flame of desire to have a meaningful life through ritual - as relevant now as when they were written in the Torah.
Wow. In love with this book. Waskow explains the Jewish holidays from many perspectives, most interestingly the perspective of their relationship with the solar-lunar cycle of the Jewish calendar. He touches on the history of all the holidays, and the various conflicts and changes among them. Cannot recommend this book enough to any Jewish person wanting to get a deeper sense of connection with our holidays.
Bought this when I was studying for conversion, though I converted a Orthodox & Waskow is a Reconstructionist. Still, these are interesting writings on the holidays and what they mean to us now, as modern Jews.
An introduction to the Jewish holidays and their development. Though not a fast read it is still interesting. In the intro of each holiday is gives how they come about, the source of the traditions done to celebrate them, their development, common readings for the days, recipes to fit the celebration, and more. A book I would recommend to any interested in learning about the holidays and better understand the practices used to celebrate them. The material is such that it doesn't treat the reader as though they are completely clueless and devoid of thought, but still gives the information without the assumption of former knowledge.