The Seven Lights: On the Major Jewish Festivals

The Seven Lights: On the Major Jewish FestivalsJanuary 28, 2000

The Seven Lights is a book-length dialogue between Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Rabbi Josy Eisenberg on the subject of the Jewish holidays, in light of the teachings of the great hasidic master, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.


The Jewish calendar is punctuated by the rhythm of the Sabbath and the holidays throughout the year. This book offers insight into the "The Seven Lights" that illuminate our spiritual lives on an annual basis: the Days of Awe, namely Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; the "pilgrimage holidays" of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot; and those holidays proclaimed by man, Purim and Chanukah. Rabbi Steinsaltz serves as a masterful guide through the journey of the Jewish year, drawing from the kabbalistic teachings of the "Alter Rebbe," Rabbi Schneur Zalman.


This illuminating commentary on the celebrations and observances that define us as Jews began as a series of televised interviews on a French program called The Source of Life. The intense interest expressed by the viewers and the repeated requests for the texts used in the interviews inspired Rabbi Eisenberg to compile this book. His faithful rendition of their conversations brings new meaning to the Jewish holiday for the English-speaking audience.


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