INSIDE THE SYNAGOGUE by

INSIDE THE SYNAGOGUE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A photographic tour of the synagogue presents the many objects and tableaux one might encounter in this particular house of worship. The text, written for beginners, focusses more on description than on historical significance. Such religious symbols as the Ark, the Torah, the Menorah, the Eternal Light are discussed. The role of Rabbi, the use of prayer and songs, the purpose of praying from a book are among the less tangible subjects. Our prime objection is to the haphazard organization of the material. Emphasis shifts from such specifics as the decorations of Torah and Ark to the mention of the oldest synagogues in the United States. Some pictures are captioned; others, not. The vocabulary is well suited to this age group, but the arrangement will either lose or confuse the young readers.

Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 1963
Publisher: Union of American Hebrew Congregations