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Alfred Jacob Kolatch

Alfred Jacob Kolatch, American publisher. Served as chaplain United States Army, 1943-1946. Member Rabbinical Assembly, Association Jewish Chaplains (past president), Military Chaplains Association (past vice president).

Background

  • Kolatch, Alfred Jacob was born on January 2, 1916 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Sander and Yetta (Jacobs) Kolatch.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yeshiva University, 1937. Rabbi, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1941.

    Career

    • Ordained rabbi, 1941. Rabbi Columbia, South Carolina, 1941-1943, Kew Gardens, New York, 1946-1948. Founder, president Jonathan David Publications, Middle Village, from 1949.

    Works

    • The Jewish Book of Why & The Second Jewish Book of Why (2 volumes in slipcase)
    • In this boxed set of the best-selling volumes The Jewish Book of Why and The Second Jewish Book of Why, Rabbi Alfred J Kolatch explores almost 1,000 questions about Judaism, including: Why is a child born to a Jewish father not necessarily Jewish? Why is there objection to surrogate motherhood? Why do some seminaries ordain women? Why are boys circumcised? Why is a glass broken at a wedding ceremony? Why are pork and shrimp not kosher?
    • The Jewish Book of Why & The Second Jewish Book of Why (2 volumes in slipcase)
    • In this boxed set of the best-selling volumes The Jewish Book of Why and The Second Jewish Book of Why, Rabbi Alfred J Kolatch explores almost 1,000 questions about Judaism, including: Why is a child born to a Jewish father not necessarily Jewish? Why is there objection to surrogate motherhood? Why do some seminaries ordain women? Why are boys circumcised? Why is a glass broken at a wedding ceremony? Why are pork and shrimp not kosher?
    • This is the Torah
    • What are the origins of the countless laws, customs, and traditions that govern the writing and reading of the Torah? Following the "why" format that he introduced in his Jewish Books of Why, Rabbi Kolatch explores the many Torah rites and rituals that are currently practiced in the synagogue.
    • How to Live a Jewish Life: The Jewish Home Advisor
    • This paperback edition of The Jewish Home Advisor will be indispensable to anyone wishing to carry out the ritual practices of Judaismfrom how to name a baby, establish a kosher home, and properly mount a mezuza to how to prepare for a Bar Mitzva, wedding, or holiday celebration.

    Membership

    Served as chaplain United States Army, 1943-1946. Member Rabbinical Assembly, Association Jewish Chaplains (past president), Military Chaplains Association (past vice president).

    Connections

    • Married Thelma Rubin, June 16, 1940. Children: Jonathan, David.
    • father: Sander Kolatch
    • mother: Yetta (Jacobs) Kolatch
    • spouse: Thelma Rubin
    • children: Jonathan Kolatch
    • David Kolatch
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    Born January 2, 1916
    Died February 7, 2007
    (aged 91)
    Nationality
    • 1937
      Yeshiva University
    • 1941
      Jewish Theological Seminary
    • 1941 - 1943
      rabbi Columbia
      South Carolina, United States
    • 1941
      Ordained rabbi
    • 1946 - 1948
      rabbi Columbia
      Kew Gardens, New York, United States