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

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

The definitive guide to the conversion process, revised and updated for a new generation of Jews-by-choice

However you choose to fashion your personal journey to Judaism, Anita Diamant is the perfect guide. In this comprehensive, wide-ranging book you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, and a Hebrew name; how to discuss your decision with your birth family; what happens at the mikveh (ritual bath) and at the hatafat dam brit (circumcision ritual for those already circumcised); how to find your footing in a new spiritual family and create a new Jewish identity; and how you and your children can maintain bonds to your family of origin. Also included are suggestions for readings, prayers, and poems that can personalize conversion rituals; a glossary of terms; and a short history of conversion in Judaism. This revised edition contains a completely updated chapter on how the mikveh is used in the conversion process and an updated list of online resources and books for further reading.

Whether you are just beginning to consider converting or have already started down the path to Judaism, here is everything you will need to make the process joyous, sacred, and meaningful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805210958
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 176,212
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About 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.

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.

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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 would recommend this book to anyone considering converting to Judaism or anyone simply wanting to know more about Judaism.
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.
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
very helpful if you are just curious or sincere about converting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book, very informative.
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