This book presents an array of strange facts and curiosities about Jewish customs and rituals. In the great body of Jewish literature there are a plethora of fascinating (but relatively unknown), strange, and unusual statements, curiosities, oddities, and other bits of information that have accumulated over the centuries. This book gathers these curiosities and presents them thematically for the reader's pleasure.
Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs has been the spiritual leader of the Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey since 1975. He received his doctorate in instructional technology from Columbia University's Teachers College. He is the author of more than sixty books. His most recent publications include Legends of Biblical Heros, Every Person's Guide to Death and Dying in the Jewish Tradition, and Every Person's Guide to Jewish Philosophy and Philosophers. Rabbi Isaacs currently serves as chairperson of the publications committee of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and with his wife, Leora, designs and coordinates the adult learning summer experience called Shabbat Plus at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Leora, and their children, Keren and Zachary.
1 Introduction Chapter 2 Jewish Holidays Chapter 3 Medicine Chapter 4 Unusual Superstitions Chapter 5 Judaism and the Occult Chapter 6 Oddities of Dreams and Dream Interpretation Chapter 7 Fantastic Jewish Beasts Chapter 8 Unusual Prayers and Oddities Chapter 9 Bible Curiosities Chapter 10 Amazing Miracles Chapter 11 Education Chapter 12 Unusual "Onlys" Chapter 13 Miscellaneous Oddities