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A Jewish Life on Three ContinentsThe Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783637

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.001.0001

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Passover and the Holiday Cycle

Passover and the Holiday Cycle

(p.134) Passover and the Holiday Cycle
A Jewish Life on Three Continents

Lee Shai Weissbach

Stanford University Press

Because Frieden was concerned with recording for future generations as much as possible about his early life, in this chapter he recalls the holiday celebrations of his youth. In doing so, he interweaves a general description of the way various holidays were observed with recol- lections about his own family’s customs, thus reminding us that although many of the beliefs and practices associated with the Jewish holidays are common to Jews all over the world, some were peculiar to individual Jew- ish communities, such as Frieden’s own now-vanished Lithuanian milieu. Frieden adopts a traditionalist approach in discussing the Jewish holidays, taking many of the beliefs he recounts on faith. He writes with conviction about the way individuals are judged before a heavenly court during the Ten Days of Repentance, for example, and about the way their fate for the coming year is determined during that period.

Keywords:   Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Beit Hasho’evah, Simchat Torah, matzah, sefira

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