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Theodor Gaster

Theodor Gaster

For the past fifty years there has been a growing feeling among scholars and ministers of religion that the time is ripe for a new...

Everyone who has read the newspapers or listened to the radio or come within earshot of a professional Bible scholar during the past ten years...

Responding to the felt religious needs of the different Jewish groups in the United States, numerous revisions and retranslations of the traditional Prayerbook have been...

The deeper scholars dig into the Jewish past, and the less they find in it that is exclusively Jewish in detail, the more unique becomes...

Yom Kippur is more than a Day of Atonement on which individuals purge their sins by the threefold process of introspection, confession, and regeneration. It...

On each of the Jewish festivals and Holy Days —and likewise on many Sabbaths—the traditional services of the synagogue are embellished or tricked out by...

The Aramaic poem Akdamuth is one of the most famous elements of the traditional morning service on the first day of the Feast of Weeks....

Jewish Bible and Civilization The Old Testament: Keystone of Human Culture By William A. Irwin. Schuman. 293 pp. $4.00   Most people take it for granted that the...

Theodor H. Gaster has, in recent years, contributed a series of articles to COMMENTARY contrasting the ancient and contemporary significance of the great Jewish festivals....

Chanukah, the least important of the great Jewish holidays to our forefathers (it is the only post-Biblical Jewish holiday), now shows promise, because of its...

Theodor H. Gaster here continues his series in COMMENTARY on the ancient and contemporary meanings of the great Jewish festivals of the holiday year. “What...

Continuing his series of articles on the Jewish holidays, THEODOR H. GASTER here describes the daring transformation of Shavuoth or the “Feast of Weeks” (which...