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

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

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by Anita Diamant
     
 

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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! "
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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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805212198
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
510,893
File size:
645 KB

Meet the Author

ANITA DIAMANT is the best-selling author of The Red Tent and The Boston Girl, among many works of fiction and nonfiction on contemporary Jewish practices. Her nonfiction books include How to Raise a Jewish Child and Saying Kaddish. She is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim/Living Waters Community Mikveh and the Paula Brody & Family Education Center in Newton, Massachusetts.


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
June 27, 1951
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
M.A. in English, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, 1975; B.A. in Comparative Literature, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, 1973.
Website:
http://www.anitadiamant.com

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Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Alexandra Kennedy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very informative on Reform Judaism, as the author is a Reform Jew. I passed it on to others in my family as an introduction to Judaism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone considering converting to Judaism or anyone simply wanting to know more about Judaism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very helpful if you are just curious or sincere about converting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book, very informative.
RivkaTT More than 1 year ago
This was my travel guide through my own conversion experience. Ms. Diamant writes in detail about the bet din, choosing a Rabbi, mikvah, and brit milah. It is a beautiful book that also helped my family understand what I was going through. This is a must read for anyone thinking about conversion or anyone who loves a new Jew.
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