Choosing a Jewish Life Revised and Updated

Choosing a Jewish Life  Revised and Updated
Author: Anita Diamant
Publsiher: Schocken
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2007-08-07
ISBN 10: 0805212191
ISBN 13: 9780805212198
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Choosing a Jewish Life Revised and Updated Book Review:

"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.

Choosing Judaism

Choosing Judaism
Author: Lydia Kukoff
Publsiher: Urj Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1981
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UVA:X000355521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Choosing Judaism Book Review:

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.

Living a Jewish Life Updated and Revised Edition

Living a Jewish Life  Updated and Revised Edition
Author: Anita Diamant,Howard Cooper
Publsiher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-02-27
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSC:32106019578019
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living a Jewish Life Updated and Revised Edition Book Review:

An updated edition of a classic guide reflects recent changes and includes a listing of online resources, in a primer of the diverse belief systems of Judaism, from Conservative and Reconstructionist to Reform and new age. By the author of The Red Tent. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness

The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness
Author: Sylvia Barack Fishman
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2008-08-01
ISBN 10: 1580233678
ISBN 13: 9781580233675
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness Book Review:

Takes readers era by era through Jewish history, revealing the fascinating range of historical conflicts that Jews have dealt with internally. Outlines the development of the Jewish faith, people and the major differences among Jewish movements today.

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed
Author: Joseph Telushkin
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2010-09-28
ISBN 10: 0062046047
ISBN 13: 9780062046048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed Book Review:

What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question? In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense. Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In 352 short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life. Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you'd like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi Telushkin's expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference. A comprehensive yet thoroughly accessible resource for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish Literacy is a must for every Jewish home.

Conversion to Judaism

Conversion to Judaism
Author: Lawrence J. Epstein
Publsiher: Jason Aronson
Total Pages: 277
Release: 1994-07-01
ISBN 10: 1568211287
ISBN 13: 9781568211282
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conversion to Judaism Book Review:

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.

Embracing Judaism

Embracing Judaism
Author: Simcha Kling
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 189
Release: 1987
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105021729475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Choosing to be Jewish

Choosing to be Jewish
Author: Marc Angel
Publsiher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Total Pages: 137
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9780881258905
ISBN 13: 0881258903
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Choosing to be Jewish Book Review:

"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.

Here All Along

Here All Along
Author: Sarah Hurwitz
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 0525510729
ISBN 13: 9780525510727
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Here All Along Book Review:

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 relevant than ever, and she inspires Jews to do the learning, questioning, and debating required to make this religion their own. “Searching for meaning in the ancient scripture and traditions of Judaism, Sarah Hurwitz takes us along on an enriching journey of discovery. In Here All Along, she explores her birthright as a Jew and finds timeless and valuable life lessons.”—David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama

Jewish Living

Jewish Living
Author: Mark Washofsky
Publsiher: Urj Press
Total Pages: 497
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780807407028
ISBN 13: 080740702X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Living Book Review:

"This definitive guide is a complete source on Reform Jewish practice. This accessible compendium covers the full range of Jewish living, including worship, holidays, life-cycle events, tikkun olam, and everyday Jewish living. The author understands Reform Judaism as a modern development of two millennia of Jewish thinking, and in so doing he draws upon traditional Jewish texts and sources, as well as on the Reform literature that has emerged as a response to that tradition, to create a modern classic"----Provided by publisher.

Essential Judaism Updated Edition

Essential Judaism  Updated Edition
Author: George Robinson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2016-04-12
ISBN 10: 1501117750
ISBN 13: 9781501117756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Essential Judaism Updated Edition Book Review:

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.

Becoming a Jew

Becoming a Jew
Author: Maurice Lamm
Publsiher: Jonathan David Pub
Total Pages: 462
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 9780824603502
ISBN 13: 0824603508
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming a Jew Book Review:

Describes the odyssey of the convert to the Jewish faith, introducing the laws and traditions of Judaism, its life cycle events and holidays, and its ideals and values

Saying Kaddish

Saying Kaddish
Author: Anita Diamant
Publsiher: Schocken
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007-08-07
ISBN 10: 0805212183
ISBN 13: 9780805212181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saying Kaddish Book Review:

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 Book of Jewish Values

The Book of Jewish Values
Author: Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN 10: 0307794458
ISBN 13: 9780307794451
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Jewish Values Book Review:

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin combed the Bible, the Talmud, and the whole spectrum of Judaism's sacred writings to give us a manual on how to lead a decent, kind, and honest life in a morally complicated world. "An absolutely superb book: the most practical, most comprehensive guide to Jewish values I know." —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People Telushkin speaks to the major ethical issues of our time, issues that have, of course, been around since the beginning. He offers one or two pages a day of pithy, wise, and easily accessible teachings designed to be put into immediate practice. The range of the book is as broad as life itself: • The first trait to seek in a spouse (Day 17) • When, if ever, lying is permitted (Days 71-73) • Why acting cheerfully is a requirement, not a choice (Day 39) • What children don't owe their parents (Day 128) • Whether Jews should donate their organs (Day 290) • An effective but expensive technique for curbing your anger (Day 156) • How to raise truthful children (Day 298) • What purchases are always forbidden (Day 3) In addition, Telushkin raises issues with ethical implications that may surprise you, such as the need to tip those whom you don't see (Day 109), the right thing to do when you hear an ambulance siren (Day 1), and why wasting time is a sin (Day 15). Whether he is telling us what Jewish tradition has to say about insider trading or about the relationship between employers and employees, he provides fresh inspiration and clear guidance for every day of our lives.

The New Jewish Wedding

The New Jewish Wedding
Author: Anita Diamant
Publsiher: Scribner
Total Pages: 268
Release: 1985
ISBN 10: 9780671628826
ISBN 13: 0671628828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Jewish Wedding Book Review:

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.

Basic Judaism

Basic Judaism
Author: Milton Steinberg,Harcourt, Brace & World
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 172
Release: 1947
ISBN 10: 9780156106986
ISBN 13: 0156106981
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Basic Judaism Book Review:

A rabbi introduces Gentiles to the origins, doctrines, traditions, practices, laws, institutions, and beliefs of the Jewish religion

Judaism For Dummies

Judaism For Dummies
Author: Rabbi Ted Falcon,David Blatner
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-03-08
ISBN 10: 1118460189
ISBN 13: 9781118460184
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Judaism For Dummies Book Review:

Your plain-English guide to Judaism Whether you're interested in the religion or the spirituality, the culture or the ethnic traditions, Judaism For Dummies explores the full spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the mystical, meditative, and spiritual depth of the faith and the practice. In this warm and welcoming book, you'll find coverage of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as a daily practice; the food and fabric of Judaism; Jewish wedding ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of pain, sadness, triumph, and joy; great Jewish thinkers and historical celebrities; and much more. Updates to the "recent history" section with discussions of what has happened in the first decade of the twenty-first century including: the expansion of orthodox political power in Israel; expansion of interfaith work; unfortunate recent anti-Semitic events; and other news Expanded coverage of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has become increasingly popular in recent years New coverage on Jewish views of morality, including birth control, homosexuality, and environmental concerns Revised recipes for traditional Jewish cooking, updated key vocabulary, and Yiddish phrases everyone should know Jews have long spread out to the corners of the world, so there are significant Jewish communities on many continents. Judaism For Dummies offers a glimpse into the rituals, ideas, and terms that are woven into the history and everyday lives of Jewish people as near as our own neighborhoods and as far-reaching as across the world.

Jewish Life in the Middle Ages

Jewish Life in the Middle Ages
Author: Israel Abrahams
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 452
Release: 1917
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: CHI:15879111
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Life in the Middle Ages Book Review:

The Fragile Dialogue

The Fragile Dialogue
Author: Rabbi Stanley M. Davids,Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander, DHL
Publsiher: CCAR Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2017-12-04
ISBN 10: 0881233102
ISBN 13: 9780881233100
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fragile Dialogue Book Review:

Israel has quickly become one of the most polarizing forces in the North American Jewish community. In a world already much too divided, how can we approach the subject of Zionism without widening the rifts? This book wrestles with and attempts to frame the very fragile dialogue surrounding Zionism and Israel in the 21st century Progressive Jewish community. Written from a multiplicity of views, the collection explores the many lenses through which this varied community approaches Zionism, not only set apart by political differences but also by geographical diversity, religious divisiveness, socio-economic policies, gender issues, the use and abuse of power, and more. The Fragile Dialogue is a conversation starter, meant to provide the challenging yet vital basis for narrowing the rifts in our dialogue around Zionism today.

The New Joys of Yiddish

The New Joys of Yiddish
Author: Leo Rosten
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2010-04-14
ISBN 10: 0307566048
ISBN 13: 9780307566041
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Joys of Yiddish Book Review:

More than a quarter of a century ago, Leo Rosten published the first comprehensive and hilariously entertaining lexicon of the colorful and deeply expressive language of Yiddish. Said “to give body and soul to the Yiddish language,” The Joys of Yiddish went on to become an indispensable tool for writers, journalists, politicians, and students, as well as a perennial bestseller for three decades. Rosten described his book as “a relaxed lexicon of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Yinglish words often encountered in English, plus dozens that ought to be, with serendipitous excursions into Jewish humor, habits, holidays, history, religion, ceremonies, folklore, and cuisine–the whole generously garnished with stories, anecdotes, epigrams, Talmudic quotations, folk sayings, and jokes.” To this day, it is considered the seminal work on Yiddish in America–a true classic and a staple in the libraries of Jews and non-Jews alike. With the recent renaissance of interest in Yiddish, and in keeping with a language that embodies the variety and vibrancy of life itself, The New Joys of Yiddish brings Leo Rosten’s masterful work up to date. Revised for the first time by Lawrence Bush in close consultation with Rosten’s daughters, it retains the spirit of the original–with its wonderful jokes, tidbits of cultural history, Talmudic and Biblical references, and tips on pronunciation–and enhances it with hundreds of new entries, thoughtful commentary on how Yiddish has evolved over the years, and an invaluable new English-to-Yiddish index. In addition, The New Joys of Yiddish includes wondrous and amusing illustrations by renowned artist R.O. Blechman.