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Converting To Judaism

Author : Bernice K. Weiss
ISBN : 9780757396502
Genre : Religion
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Over the years, Rabbi Bernice Kimel Weiss has shepherded hundreds of non-Jewish students into the family of the Jewish people. For most, the interest in Judaism is sparked by a decision to marry a Jewish man or woman. But that is only the beginning. In the gentle hands of a teacher who has witnessed and understands their turmoil, their conflicts, their tears, they bare their personal struggles. What emerge are amazing, powerful, soul-stirring stories of re-creation - the extraordinary adventure of becoming a Jew at the turn of the 21st century. An Asian-American whose father owns a Japanese restaurant marries a secular Jew but leads him to Orthodox Judaism; a Belgian raised by nuns meets a Jew and finds her faith in Israel; a former Sunday school teacher from a small farm town falls in love with a Jewish girl and with her faith as well; an African-American woman lawyer, a Harvard graduate, discovers Judaism and keeps kosher in a small southern town: their varied stories and eight more are revealed in these pages. The twists and turns and the direction their lives ultimately take are a source of inspiration to those contemplating Judaism, and to all in search of faith. They are a gift to the Jewish people.

Judaism

Author : Dan Cohn-Sherbok
ISBN : 9781317432029
Genre : Religion
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This newly revised all-encompassing textbook is a guide to the history, beliefs and practice of Judaism. Beginning with the ancient Near Eastern background, it covers early Israelite history, the emergence of classical rabbinic literature and the rise of medieval Judaism in Islamic and Christian lands. It also includes the early modern period and the development of Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Extracts from primary sources are used throughout to enliven the narrative and provide concrete examples of the rich variety of Jewish civilization. Specially designed to assist learning, Judaism: • Introduces texts and commentaries, including the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, mystical literature, Jewish philosophy and Jewish theology • Provides the skills necessary to understand these step-by-step with the help of a companion website • Explains how to interpret the major events in nearly four thousand years of Jewish history • Supports study with discussion questions on the central historical and religious issues, and includes key reading for each chapter, an extensive glossary and index • Illustrates the development of Judaism, its concepts, observances and culture, with maps, photos, paintings and engravings • Links each chapter to a free companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/cohnsherbok which provides things to think about, things to do and tips for teachers as well as other online resources

Converts To Judaism

Author : Lawrence J. Epstein
ISBN : 9781442234680
Genre : Religion
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From the biblical story of Ruth to the star conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Epstein tells the stories of people who have converted to Judaism throughout history. This book is a resource for people considering the challenging path of conversion and an illustration of the important role Jewish converts have played in Jewish life through the ages.

When The State Winks

Author : Michal Kravel-Tovi
ISBN : 9780231544818
Genre : Social Science
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Religious conversion is often associated with ideals of religious sincerity. But in a society in which religious belonging is entangled with ethnonational citizenship and confers political privilege, a convert might well have other motives. Over the last two decades, mass non-Jewish immigration to Israel, especially from the former Soviet Union, has sparked heated debates over the Jewish state's conversion policy and intensified suspicion of converts' sincerity. When the State Winks carefully traces the performance of state-endorsed Orthodox conversion to challenge the assumption that Israel turns a blind eye to the bad faith of its subjects. Instead, it highlights the collaborative labor that goes into the making of the Israeli state and its Jewish citizens. In a rich ethnographic narrative based on fieldwork in conversion schools, rabbinic courts, and ritual bathhouses, Michal Kravel-Tovi follows conversion candidates—mostly secular young women from a former Soviet background—and state conversion agents caught between the contradictory demands of their nationalist and religious commitments. She complicates the popular perception that conversion is a "wink-wink" relationship in which both sides agree to treat the converts' pretenses of faith as real. Instead, she demonstrates how their interdependent performances blur any clear boundary between sincere and fraudulent conversions. Alongside detailed ethnography, Kravel-Tovi develops new ways to think about the complex connection between religious conversion and the nation-state. Kravel-Tovi emphasizes how state power is created and managed through "winking"—the subtle exchanges and performances that animate everyday encounters between state and citizen. In a country marked by tension between official religiosity and a predominantly secular Jewish population, winking permits the state to save its Jewish face.

The Secrets Of Becoming Jewish

Author : Bernice Weiss
ISBN : 0692396063
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While each person's path to Judaism is unique, they all share a deep sense of commitment to their newfound faith. Miriam, a highly successful nurse, chose to convert to Judaism on her own after becoming disillusioned by what she thought were Catholicism's overly negative views of women; Ahava, also a former Catholic, embraced Judaism after falling in love with a Jewish man; and Alanna, who grew up as a conservative Christian, always felt uncomfortable with Christian teachings that discouraged questioning. Within these pages, you will also discover the story of Reda and Nour, a Muslim couple from Lebanon who chose to leave their home in Beirut because near-constant strife in the Middle East made life difficult for them. As these stories reveal, one's decision to convert often raises questions and concerns about familial acceptance or rejection; whether to keep kosher or give up past holiday traditions; challenges in choosing a synagogue; and how to balance interfaith relationships. Yet despite these challenges, Judaism's teachings and traditions bring fulfillment and comfort to those who embrace the faith.

Interfaith Families

Author : Jane Kaplan
ISBN : 159627011X
Genre : Family & Relationships
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As the number of Jewish-Christian marriages in America continue to rise, couples find themselves searching for ways to reconcile love and religion. Even when each partner has no particular religious life, they are confronted with related conflicts. Should children be raised in one faith and not the other? Who decides which holidays to celebrate and how? How can couples deal with extended family members who may not understand or accept their interfaith marriage? Readers will find and array of reactions and approaches as the couples profiled in this book describe how they tacked these topics. Each personal narrative offers fresh insight into interfaith families by giving examples of the successes and failures, struggles and triumphs of everyday situations and major life decisions.

Finding A Home For The Soul

Author : Catherine Hall Myrowitz
ISBN : UOM:39015034309172
Genre : Religion
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Finding a Home for the Soul is a collection of interviews with people who have searched for greater meaning in life and have discovered Judaism's carefully wrought understanding and nurturing of the human spirit, manifested in ritual, prayer, and values. Catherine Hall Myrowitz introduces the reader to forty-two people who have graciously and courageously shared the motivation and experiences that ultimately led to their conversion to Judaism. There are no "leaps of faith" in these profiles: each convert became Jewish gradually. Some describe a connection to those who perished in the Holocaust; others felt a second soul coming into them during the mileveh. Some believe that becoming Jewish was preordained, and there are those who arrived at Judaism through their ongoing relationship and communication with God. Many of the interviews in this volume include dramatic shifts in people's lives as they strive to attain greater Jewish expression and deeper appreciation of their souls' quest. Some of these "Jews by Choice" have become traditionally observant, and some are now less observant while remaining strongly identified as Jews and connected to their communities. Some converts agonized about leaving their former faith, and many were surprised to find the Jewish origin of the rituals they had abandoned. It is the author's hope that those who are seeking to become Jewish will find support for their quest in one or more of these interviews; that non-Jewish families can read these profiles and better understand what it may mean for one of their members to choose Judaism; that the larger Jewish community will enjoy these affirmations of the blessing of leading a Jewish life and understand andvalue more fully those who come to Judaism; and that anyone who reads this book will have a deeper comprehension and appreciation of Judaism as seen through the eyes of those who have chosen it. The interviews in this inspiring volume will give the reader a feeling for the energy and love that people bring to Judaism and the varying yet deep satisfaction they take from it.

Jew And Improved

Author : Benjamin Errett
ISBN : 1554684285
Genre : Jewish converts from Christianity
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This is a story of goy meets girl, and of what happens when a couple in their 20s takes on a complex faith in its 6000s. Laugh-out-loud funny, thoughtful and revealing, Jew and Improved is Errett's take on joining an ancient tribe and dragging his fiancée along for the ride. When Benjamin Errett proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, he decided to go the distance by converting to Judaism. This engaging book follows Ben and Sarah's education in spirituality, community and gefilte fish when the couple was pretty sure they already had all those things figured out. But more than that, it's a love story about the ordinary things that happen after you make an extraordinary choice. It's about making a big change in your life for someone else and realizing that you were doing it for yourself all along. Jew and Improved is a book about a spiritual journey for people who don't read books about spiritual journeys; it's a primer on a major world religion and an answer to all those embarrassing questions about circumcision. And who doesn't love a book that features both a wedding and a recipe for brisket?

The Jewish Spectator

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Genre : Jews
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Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide

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