Choosing a Jewish Life Book

Choosing a Jewish Life


  • Author : Anita Diamant
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805210958

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A guide to the rules and rituals of converting to Judaism includes advice on such issues as dealing with family, choosing a synagogue, and selecting a Hebrew name

Choosing a Jewish Life  Revised and Updated Book

Choosing a Jewish Life Revised and Updated


  • Author : Anita Diamant
  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Release Date : 2007-08-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805212198

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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.

Essential Judaism  Updated Edition Book

Essential Judaism Updated Edition


  • Author : George Robinson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-04-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501117756

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Essential Judaism Updated Edition Excerpt :

You’ll find everything you need to know about being Jewish in this indispensable, revised and updated guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism. What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish? With the first edition of Essential Judaism, George Robinson offered the world the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish identity as an adult. In his “ambitious and all-inclusive” (New York Times Book Review) guide, Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage and lays out many fascinating aspects of the religion—the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more—while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today’s world. Now, a decade and a half later, Robinson has updated this valuable introductory text with information on topics including denominational shifts, same-sex marriage, the intermarriage debate, transgender Jews, the growth of anti-Semitism, and the changing role of women in worship, along with many other hotly debated topics in the contemporary Jewish world and beyond. The perfect gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or anyone thinking about conversion—this is the ultimate companion for anyone interested in learning more about Judaism, the kind of book its readers will revisit over and over for years to come.

Choosing Judaism Book

Choosing Judaism


  • Author : Lydia Kukoff
  • Publisher : Urj Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN 10 : 0807408433

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Choosing Judaism Excerpt :

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.

Here All Along Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Here All Along


  • Author : Sarah Hurwitz
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525510727

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Here All Along Excerpt :

A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timeless wisdom and spiritual connection in its age-old practices and traditions. “Sarah Hurwitz was Michelle Obama’s head speechwriter, and with this book she becomes Judaism’s speechwriter.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and co-author of Option B After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew—until, at age thirty-six, after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown away by what she found: beautiful rituals, helpful guidance on living an ethical life, conceptions of God beyond the judgy bearded man in the sky—none of which she had learned in Hebrew school or during the two synagogue services she grudgingly attended each year. That class led to a years-long journey during which Hurwitz visited the offices of rabbis, attended Jewish meditation retreats, sat at the Shabbat tables of Orthodox families, and read hundreds of books about Judaism—all in dogged pursuit of answers to her biggest questions. What she found transformed her life, and she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it? Sarah Hurwitz is on a mission to close this gap by sharing the profound insights she discovered on everything from Jewish holidays, ethics, and prayer to Jewish conceptions of God, death, and social justice. In this entertaining and accessible book, she shows us why Judaism matters and how its message is more relev

A Book of Life Book

A Book of Life


  • Author : Michael Strassfeld
  • Publisher : Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 508
  • ISBN 10 : 1580232477

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A Book of Life Excerpt :

Charts a path to a spiritually rich Judaism, explaining traditional rituals and offering new ones for modern life. Encourages daily spiritual awareness as we seek the two fundamental goals of Judaism: to become better humans and to be in God's presence.

Conversion to Judaism Book

Conversion to Judaism


  • Author : Lawrence J. Epstein
  • Publisher : Jason Aronson
  • Release Date : 1994-07-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781461627999

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Conversion to Judaism Excerpt :

Conversion to Judaism provides information, advice, and support for individuals contemplating conversion to Judaism, as well as those who have converted and the families affected by this decision. With sensitivity and compassion, Lawrence J. Epstein offers an informative volume that warmly welcomes the newcomer to Judaism.

The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations


  • Author : Ronald Tauber
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2014-09-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781452139593

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The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations Excerpt :

From lighting the menorah on Chanukah to standing under the chuppah at a wedding, every Jewish ritual reflects a time-honored practice passed down for generations. With a foil-stamped cover and a ribbon marker, this elegant volume shares the beloved stories and traditions behind Jewish celebrations, from year-round holidays to once-in-a-lifetime special events. Featuring lush illustrations that capture the heart of Jewish tradition as well as a glossary of important terms for each holiday, this little gift book is a treasure to be shared at any occasion-from bar and bat mitzvahs to Passover seders.

Becoming Jewish Book

Becoming Jewish


  • Author : Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2019-03-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9781796018943

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Becoming Jewish Excerpt :

Becoming Jewish is an engaging, accessible, all-inclusive step-by-step guide to converting to Judaism that introduces readers to finding life's meaning through the evolving religious civilization that is Judaism. Written with humor and heart, readers learn the ins and outs of becoming Jewish and discover the wonder that is the language, literature, history, rituals, food, music, and culture of contemporary Jewish life.

Choosing to be Jewish Book

Choosing to be Jewish


  • Author : Marc Angel
  • Publisher : KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 137
  • ISBN 10 : 0881258903

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Choosing to be Jewish Excerpt :

"This book challenges readers to consider the issues relating to halakhic conversion, and to rethink historic attitudes and policies concerning conversion. Whereas for many centuries conversion to Judaism was relatively rare, in modern times it is a significant phenomenon. This book will enable readers to better understand the phenomenon and to appreciate the need for halakhic conversions."--BOOK JACKET.

Jewish Literacy Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Jewish Literacy


  • Author : Joseph Telushkin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Jews
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:1154379312

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Saying Kaddish Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Saying Kaddish


  • Author : Anita Diamant
  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Release Date : 2007-08-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805212181

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Saying Kaddish Excerpt :

The definitive guide to Judaism’s end-of-life rituals, revised and updated for Jews of all backgrounds and beliefs From caring for the dying to honoring the dead, Anita Diamant explains the Jewish practices that make mourning a loved one an opportunity to experience the full range of emotions—grief, anger, fear, guilt, relief—and take comfort in the idea that the memory of the deceased is bound up in our lives and actions. In Saying Kaddish you will find suggestions for conducting a funeral and for observing the shiva week, the shloshim month, the year of Kaddish, the annual yahrzeit, and the Yizkor service. There are also chapters on coping with particular losses—such as the death of a child and suicide—and on children as mourners, mourning non-Jewish loved ones, and the bereavement that accompanies miscarriage. Diamant also offers advice on how to apply traditional views of the sacredness of life to hospice and palliative care. Reflecting the ways that ancient rituals and customs have been adapted in light of contemporary wisdom and needs, she includes updated sections on taharah (preparation of the body for burial) and on using ritual immersion in a mikveh to mark the stages of bereavement. And, celebrating a Judaism that has become inclusive and welcoming. Diamant highlights rituals, prayers, and customs that will be meaningful to Jews-by-choice, Jews of color, and LGBTQ Jews. Concluding chapters discuss Jewish perspectives on writing a will, creating healthcare directives, making final arrangements, and composing an ethical will.

The New Jewish Wedding Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The New Jewish Wedding


  • Author : Anita Diamant
  • Publisher : Scribner
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Jewish marriage customs and rites
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 0671628828

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The New Jewish Wedding Excerpt :

Complete, authoritative, and indispensable, The New Jewish Wedding provides the couple with options--some new, some old--to create a wedding combining spiritual meaning and joyous celebration. Step-by-step, Diamant guides readers through planning the cermony and the party that follows--from finding a rabbi and wording the invitations to hiring a caterer.

Navigating the Journey Book

Navigating the Journey


  • Author : Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, PhD
  • Publisher : CCAR Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780881233025

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Navigating the Journey Excerpt :

This completely revised and updated classic resource serves as an introduction to the Jewish life cycle. The first part of the book uses a question and answer format to introduce ideas about moments in the Jewish life cycle, including birth, Jewish education, bar/bat mitzvah, the Jewish home, marriage, divorce, conversion, death, and mourning. With new essays on topics such as mitzvah, infertility, the ketubah, b'rit milah, welcoming converts, tzedakah, Jewish voices on sexuality, and more, by rabbis and scholars such as Rabbis Aaron Panken, Rachel Mikva, Amy Schienerman, A. Brian Stoller, Lisa Grushcow, Mary Zamore, and Elyse Goldstein. This is the essential resource you've been waiting for!

Women and Jewish Law Book

Women and Jewish Law


  • Author : Rachel Biale
  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Release Date : 2011-04-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307762016

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Women and Jewish Law Excerpt :

How has a legal tradition determined by men affected the lives of women? What are the traditional Jewish views of marriage, divorce, sexuality, contraception, abortion? Women and Jewish Law gives contemporary readers access to the central texts of the Jewish religious tradition on issues of special concern to women. Combining a historical overview with a thoughtful feminist critique, this pathbreaking study points the way for “informed change” in the status of women in Jewish life.