Ceremony & Celebration
Introductions to the Holidays
When did Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of creation, become a day of judgment? How does Yom Kippur unite the priest’s atonement with the prophet’s repentance? What makes Kohelet, read on Succot, the most joyful book in the Bible? Why is the remembrance of the Pesach story so central to Jewish morality? And which does Shavuot really celebrate – the law or the land?
Bringing together Rabbi Sacks’s acclaimed introduction essays included in all five of the Koren Sacks Machzorim, Ceremony & Celebration reveals the stunning interplay of biblical laws, rabbinic edicts, liturgical themes, and communal rituals, as well as the profound religious meaning of each of the five central Jewish holidays.