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

By (author) Anita Diamant

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Married to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. 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 (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. Diamant anticipates all the questions, doubts, and concerns, and provides a comprehensive explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • 01 Mar 1998
  • Schocken Books
  • New York
  • English
  • 0805210954
  • 9780805210958
  • 115,471

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ANITA DIAMANTis 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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Married to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. 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 (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. Diamant anticipates all the questions, doubts, and concerns, and provides a comprehensive explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion.

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Best for reform or conservative, not orthodox

I got this book a long time ago and was disappointed, due to my Orthodoxy. Had great tips etc but is really designed for someone who is looking towards the Reform or concerservative forms of Judaism, not really suited to someone who is orthodox.show more
by Louise Fletcher