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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.

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.

Choosing A Jewish Life Revised And Updated

Author : Anita Diamant
ISBN : 9780805212198
Genre : Religion
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"As a rabbi and a convert, I appreciate this book deeply for its sensitivity to the complex feelings of those who are exploring paths to becoming Jewish, and for the deep love of Judaism it conveys. I will give it to every interfaith couple, and recommend that they give it to their parents. It is wonderful! " --Rachel Cowan, co-author of Mixed Blessings In the same knowledgeable, reassuring, and respectful style that has made her one of the most admired writers of guides to Jewish practices and rituals, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Married to a convert herself, Diamant anticipates all the questions, doubts, and concerns, provides a comprehensive explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion, and offers practical guidance toward creating a Jewish identity. Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, a Hebrew name; how to handle the difficulty of putting aside Christmas; what happens at the mikvah (the ritual bath) or at a hatafat dam brit (circumcision ritual for those already circumcised); how to find your footing in a new spiritual family that is not always well prepared to receive you; and how not to lose your bonds to your family of origin. Sensitive, sympathetic, and insightful, Choosing a Jewish Life provides everything necessary to make conversion a joyful and spiritually meaningful experience. From the Hardcover edition.

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?

Choosing Judaism

Author : Lydia Kukoff
ISBN : 0807408433
Genre : Religion
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In print for over 20 years, Choosing Judaism has become a classic guide for individuals considering conversion. By sharing her own story, Lydia Kukoff creates a remarkable work about what it means to make this significant choice. Years after her own conversion she continues to question, grow, and learn, and encourages others to do the same.

The Vanishing American Jew

Author : Alan M. Dershowitz
ISBN : 0446930504
Genre : Religion
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In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - and what must be done now to create a renewed sense of Jewish identity for the next century. In previous times, the threats to Jewish survival were external - the virulent consequences of anti-Semitism. Now, however, in late-twentieth-century America, the danger has shifted. Jews today are more secure, more accepted, more assimilated, and more successful than ever before. They've dived into the melting pot - and they've achieved the American Dream. And that, according to Dershowitz, is precisely the problem. More than 50 percent of Jews will marry non-Jews, and their children will most often be raised as non-Jews. Which means, in the view of Dershowitz, that American Jews will vanish as a distinct cultural group sometime in the next century - unless they act now. Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,500-year-old legacy of Jewish culture, values, and traditions. Dershowitz shows how this new Jewish identity can compete in America's open environment of opportunity and choice - and offers concrete proposals on how to instill it in the younger generation.

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.

What Is A Jew

Author : Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer
ISBN : 9781787200586
Genre : History
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A guide to the beliefs, traditions and practices of Judaism that answers questions for both Jew and Gentile. Rabbi Kertzer answers over 100 of the most commonly asked questions about Jewish life and customs, including: What is the Jewish attitude toward intermarriage? Toward birth control? Do Jews believe in equality between the sexes? Are Jews forbidden to read the New Testament? What is the basis for the Dietary Laws? For non-Jews who want to learn about the Jewish way of life. For Jews who wish to rediscover forgotten traditions and beliefs. “This portrayal of the Jewish way of looking at things attempts to convey some of the warmth, the glow and the serenity of Judaism: the enchantment of fine books; the captivating color of Hasidism;...the mirthful spirit of scholars more than sixteen centuries ago; and the abiding sense of compassion that permeates our tradition. It is in this way—and only in this way that anyone can give a meaningful answer to the question, ‘What is a Jew?’”—Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer

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