This paperback is required reading for those who hunger and thirst for deeper appreciation and understanding of the Jewish holidays. With its striking blend of the ancient and the modern, this " biography of the Jewish year" reaches out to old and young alike.

Moving through the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Tisha B'Av, Waskow probes the meaning of each holiday, assesses its historical backdrop, reviews past approaches, and suggests daring new ones. He also offers appropriate songs, prayers, recipes and readings.

In his introduction, Waskow observes: "From the standpoint of Jewish renewal, the past, the present, and the future are all important." Some of the new approaches to celebrating the holy seasons include organizing a festival of Jewish folk arts that emphasizes jokes for Purim or getting to know a new flower each of the seven weeks of the Omer. You' ll have to look far and wide to find a better guide to the Jewish holidays than this one.