For Signs and for Seasons: Bringing his scholarly research into Jewish history and legend to a wide audience in pithy and clever essays, Eliezer Segal offers his 2011 collection of newspaper columns focusing on the holy days and seasons of the Jewish calendar. All its rich history and modern cultural implications — how is Coca-cola kosher if its ingredients are secret? how did Spanish Jewish poetry survive the Inquisition? — are explored in entertaining and insightful vignettes.
For Signs and for Seasons is a natural sequel to its companion volumes, Holidays, History and Halakhah, At This Time, and Sanctified Seasons. Like those earlier books, this volume brings together a diverse collection of essays related to the cycle of Jewish holy days. Each chapter illustrates in a different way the interplay between the received teachings of the Torah and the vital impact of interpretations by diverse types of personalities, ideologies, historical events and communal dynamics. The essays are written from a sympathetic but non-dogmatic perspective by an expert in the academic study of the Jewish religion. They were originally published as newspaper columns, are designed to entertain as much as to educate, and are accessible to a diverse readership. Segal is a professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary.
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Also seen at Amazon in paperback format (186 pages), suitable for gifting.
By Eliezer Segal …
NOW ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN eBOOK:
2011’s On the Trails of Tradition, a collection of columns exploring such topics as child brides and arranged marriages, vegetarianism, the physician’s prayer, prescription drugs and healing, natural disasters, medical ethics, and academic rivalries: now a quality eBook from Quid Pro, discussed here. In multiple digital formats.
And now available for Nook, and at the Apple store for iBooks or iTunes, are two prequel books of 2008:  the author’s collections of essays on the seasons and holidays of Jewish tradition, Sanctified Seasons, linked here to the Barnes & Noble Nook page (look for it also on iBooks). This predecessor volume brings together a diverse collection of studies related to the cycle of Jewish holy days. And  his book, A Meeting-Place for the Wise, linked here to its B&N Nook page; and see it on Apple iBooks. It is an eclectic collection of studies related to Jewish history, culture, religion and literature. The brief chapters introduce the reader to a dazzling variety of personalities, ideologies, historical events and communal dynamics. It is written from a sympathetic but non-dogmatic perspective by an expert in the academic study of the Jewish religion. Originally published as newspaper columns, the vignettes are designed to entertain as much as to educate a wide audience interested in legend, lore, Jewish history, or the Old Testament of the Bible.
For Signs and for Seasons: ISBN 9781610271066 (ePub)