Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends

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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 ...
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Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends

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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.

As many as five thousand people convert to Judaism each year. Unfortunately, very few resources exist for converts or for their families and communities who will receive them. Choosing a Jewish Life provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and of spiritual and intellectual growth. 320 pp. 10,000 print.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805241372
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Diamant
Anita Diamant's books include The New Jewish Wedding, Living a Jewish Life, and The Red Tent, a novel. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Biography

Anita Diamant is an award-winning journalist and the author of several bestselling novels (The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night), a collection of essays (Pitching My Tent, and six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Anita Diamont:

"Modern dance concerts inspire me like little else. I'm amazed at the creativity and the range of the human imagination in the human body. Along a similar vein, I tend to prefer contemporary art museums and galleries for the visual/mental kick-in-the-pants. I don't go in expecting to like everything I see; I'm just... looking!"

"I unwind by walking on the beach. Sky, sea, sand, rocks, birds -- the great noisy emptiness. Nothing like it."

"I'd rather be home, or close to home. Traveling around the US or abroad is fascinating, but I lack the bug or gene that inspired people to visit the four corners of the globe. I'm not uncurious, honest. Maybe I'll grow into it..."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 27, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.
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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Excellent guide for the Jew by Choice

    I love this book because not only does it explain the faith traditions of Judaism, it gives examples and ideas of how to integrate these traditions into one's life.

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    Posted June 21, 2012

    Very informative and easy to read

    I would recommend this book to anyone considering converting to Judaism or anyone simply wanting to know more about Judaism.

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    Posted December 16, 2011

    a great read

    very helpful if you are just curious or sincere about converting

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    Posted November 21, 2011

    Great book.

    Love this book, very informative.

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