Choosing a Jewish life : a handbook for people converting to Judaism and for their family and friends / Anita Diamant.
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|West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette||296.71 DIA (Text)||31951004275597||2nd Floor - Non-Fiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 080524137X
- Physical Description: xxi, 294 pages ; 23 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Schocken Books Inc. , 1997.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-271).
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Introduction: the journey to Judaism -- Part I: making your way -- New definitions -- Family matters -- Part II: preparation -- Choosing your rabbi -- Study -- Am I ready? -- Choosing a Hebrew name -- Part III: rituals and ceremonies -- The covenant of circumcision -- Final exam: the bet din -- Mikvah: a river from Eden -- Conversion ceremonies -- Conversion of children -- Part IV: celebrating conversion -- Conversion celebrations -- Tzedakah -- Hiddur mitzvah: making it beautiful -- A word about weddings -- Part V: becoming Jewish -- Creating a Jewish identity--living a Jewish life -- Your mitzvot -- Your Torah -- Community matters -- Your first year as a Jew -- Who needs to know? -- Part VI: your history: a short history of conversion to Judaism -- Afterword: Kavod ha-ger: honoring the convert.
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 at the mikvah (the ritual bath) or at a hatafat damm brit (circumcision ritual for those already circumsized); 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.
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