Rudolph Brasch

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Rudolph Brasch AM OBE (6 November 1912 – November 2004[1]) was an Australian rabbi and author.


He was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to London when Hitler gained power in 1933. He eventually emigrated to Australia, arriving in 1949, and was the Chief Minister of the Temple Emanuel in Sydney for the next thirty years.

Among his honours were the Coronation Medal (1952), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1967[2]), the Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Member of the Order of Australia (1979[3]).

He wrote several books, mostly focusing on customs and their origin.

He died in November 2004, aged 92.


Year Title Publisher ISBN/EAN/ASIN
2005 The Book of Beginnings: A Miscellany of the Origins of Superstitions, Customs, Phrases and Sayings ABC Books 0733315399
2001 A Bee in Your Bonnet? Angus & Robertson 0207199949
1998 Reminiscences of a Roving Rabbi 020718979X
1997 The Cat's Pyjamas 0207189706
1996 Circles of Love Harper Collins 0207185107
1995 A Book of Forgiveness Angus & Robertson 0207188033
1994 A Book of Friendship 0207183465
1994 The Book of Anniversaries: Loving Ways to Celebrate Your Marriage 0207185093
1994 Christmas Customs & Traditions: Why We Do What We Do at Christmas 020718609X
1994 That Takes the Cake 0207185638
1993 A Book of Good Advice 0207178429
1991 A Book of Comfort: To Help and Inspire in Troubled Times Collins/Angus & Robertson 0207170940
1991 The Book of the Year: Special Days and Their Meanings Angus & Robertson 0207166560
1989 Even More Permanent Addresses, Even More Australians Down Under Collins Australia 0732224845
1987 Permanent Addresses: Australians Down Under 0006371841
1987 Thank God I'm An Atheist: Religious Origins of Expressions, Customs and Institutions Fontana Books 0006369189
1985 How did it Begin? Collins 0732224608
1983 Mistakes, Misnomers,and Misconceptions Fontana-Collins 0732224594
1982 There's a Reason for Everything 0006363962
1977 Australian Jews of Today: And the Part They Have Played Cassell 0726904481
1976 The Supernatural and You! 0726904422
1973 How did Sex Begin?: The Sense and Nonsense of the Customs and Traditions That Have Separated Men and Women Since Adam and Eve Angus & Robertson 0207127425
1971 How did Sports Begin?: A Look Into the Origins of Man at Play Longmans 0582714125
1969 The Unknown Sanctuary: The Story of Judaism, its Teachings, Philosophy and Symbols Angus & Robertson 0207951594
1969 Sir John Monash Australian Historical Society -
1967 Mexico: A Country of contrasts Longmans B0006BXV5Y
1958 The Eternal Flame Angus & Robertson B0007JGO1S
1955 The Star of David 9780732259792


  1. ^ He was buried 15 November 2004 - [1].
  2. ^ It's an Honour: OBE
  3. ^ It;s an Honour: AM