Festivals of Faith : Reflections on the Jewish Holidays by Norman Lamm; edited by David Shatz. RIETS Yeshiva University Press & OU Press, 2011.

Rabbi Norman Lamm’s latest collection of sermons, Festivals of Faith, focuses on different themes of the Jewish holidays throughout the year. Who is the avaryan with whom we ask permission to pray on Yom Kippur night? Why do we celebrate the Maccabees’ dedication of the Temple, but not that of King Solomon’s? How is the Jewish idea of “revolution” defined in contrast to the way others define it? Rabbi Lamm addresses far-reaching and fascinating questions with humor, pathos and scholarship. He is eloquent, insightful and engaging. Each sermon in this book is a gem.

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