Conversion To Judaism

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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.
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Conversion to Judaism: A Guidebook

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Rabbi Rachel Cowan
This comprehensive book, infused by an attitude of welcome and understanding, will be useful to those who think of becoming Jewish, and to their families on both sides. One of my students said this was the most helpful guidebook for the would-be convert yet.
Dr. Egon Mayer
Though Jews are frequently referred to as 'the people of the book,' there are in fact very few books that one could read that would help a person become a part of the Jewish people if he or she was not born of it. In an age of the 'user-friendly' guide to virtually all interests and endeavors, Professor Epstein has performed a holy service in producing a 'user-friendly' guide to modern Judaism, making entrée into it readily available to all who might be interested.
Dr. Morton K. Siegel
It should serve well, and represents a good motivational tool without in any way 'preaching'
or utilizing devices that are meant to wheedle. Its forthright approach is one of its greatest assets.
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
Down-to-earth and accessible, this guide will be useful for those looking for a thorough yet brief introduction to Judaism and the path toward conversion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568211282
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 969,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence J. Epstein is a professor of English at Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York. He has written more than 100 articles, stories, and reviews on Jewish life that have been published in major Jewish periodicals.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Becoming Jewish
1 First Thoughts 3
2 Why People Convert to Judaism: Some Stories 5
3 Getting Information and Advice about Conversion to Judaism 23
4 Conversion to Judaism in Jewish Thought and History 27
5 Conversion to Judaism in Jewish Life Today 35
6 Roles of the Partner, Parents, In-Laws, and Friends 45
7 The Conversion Process 55
8 Feelings, Holidays, Children: The Challenges of Conversion 75
Pt. II Judaism: A Basic Guide
9 Jewish Beliefs 83
10 Jewish Texts 109
11 Jewish History: A Brief Outline 119
12 Jewish Practices 143
13 The Ethnic Dimension in Jewish Life 197
Pt. III After the Conversion
14 Making Jewish Choices 203
15 Choosing a Synagogue 205
16 Continuing to Study 211
17 Raising Jewish Children 217
18 Getting Involved in Jewish Life: How the Jewish Community Is Organized 225
Appendix A: A Brief Guide to Jewish Books 233
Appendix B: A Brief Guide to Jewish Films 241
Appendix C: Additional Resources 245
Appendix D: Table of Acronyms 247
Appendix E: Glossary of Jewish Terms 249
Appendix F: Guidelines for Conversion 253
Index 269
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