The Sukkot and Simhat Torah Anthology

The Sukkot and Simhat Torah Anthology

Edited by Philip Goodman

The JPS Holiday Anthologies Series

512 pages
21 photographs, 27 illustrations

Paperback

July 2018

978-0-8276-1317-1

$27.95 Pre-order

About the Book

Back by popular demand, the classic JPS holiday anthologies remain essential and relevant in our digital age. Unequaled in-depth compilations of classic and contemporary writings, they have long guided rabbis, cantors, educators, and other readers seeking the origins, meanings, and varied celebrations of the Jewish festivals. 

The Sukkot and Simhat Torah Anthology offers new insight intothe Festival of Ingathering, celebrating the harvest in the land of our ancestors, and the Festival of Rejoicing in the Law, marking the new cycle of public Torah readings, by elucidating the two festivals’ background, historical development, and spiritual truths for Jews and humankind. Mining the Bible, postbiblical literature, Talmud, midrashim, prayers with commentaries, and Hasidic tales, the compendium also showcases humor, art, food, song, dance, essays, stories, and poems—including works by Chaim Weizmann, Elie Wiesel, Herman Wouk, S. Y. Agnon, Sholom Aleichem, H. N. Bialik, and Solomon Schechter—truly a rich harvest for the “Season of Our Rejoicing.”

 

Author Bio

Philip Goodman (1911–2006) was a rabbi and served as director of the Jewish education and Jewish center division for the Jewish Welfare Board, executive secretary of the Jewish Book Council and executive secretary of the American Jewish Historical Society. He is the author or editor of many books, including seven volumes in the JPS Holiday Anthologies series.  

 

Praise

“Throughout my long career as a rabbi, the JPS holiday anthologies have been an essential resource. All the core background is in one place. If I need a holiday story, the anthologies contain a wide range of choices. And sections on celebrations worldwide provide new approaches to festivals.”—Rabbi Steven Bob, author of Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives
 

“This reissue is good news! I read this rich, varied, and classic series with pleasure and collected the volumes avidly when they first appeared.”—Rabbi Reuven Hammer, author of Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
  1. SUKKOT IN THE BIBLE
  2. SUKKOT IN POSTBIBLICAL WRITINGS
  3. SUKKOT IN TALMUD AND MIDRASH
  4. SUKKOT IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH LITERATURE
  5. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN JEWISH LAW
  6. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH LITURGY
  7. HASIDIC TALES AND TEACHINGS
  8. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN MODERN PROSE
  9. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN ART
  10. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FESTIVAL
  11. THE SUKKAH
  12. THE FOUR SPECIES
  13. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN MANY LANDS
  14. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN POETRY
  15. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH IN THE SHORT STORY
  16. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH MISCELLANY
  17. SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH HUMOR
  18. THE FESTIVAL DELICACIES
  19. CHILDREN’S STORIES FOR SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH
  20. POEMS FOR CHILDREN
  21. PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
  22. DANCES FOR SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH
  23. MUSIC FOR SUKKOT AND SIMHAT TORAH
Notes
Glossary of Sukkot and Simhat Torah Terms
Bibliography
 

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