To Be A Jew

To Be A Jew : A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life

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"For a general discussion of Jewish living, "To Be a Jew" is unexcelled. It is comprehensive and clear".-- "The Book of Jewish Books", by Ruth Frank and William Wollheim"For a general discussion of Jewish living, "To Be a Jew" is unexcelled. It is comprehensive and clear".--Ruth Frank & William Wollheim, "Book of Jewish Books"

"[It] still retains its freshness and persuasiveness and is to my mind, the equal or superior of any of the many new general introductions to Judaism...I have been recommending the book for two decades.--Dr. Norman Lamm, President of Yeshiva University

"Belongs in every Jewish home".--Rabbi Israel Klavan, Rabbinical Council of America
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 136 x 202 x 25mm | 300g
  • HarperCollins (USA)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0465086322
  • 9780465086320
  • 86,984

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"The republication of To Be a Jew is an occasion to celebrate. In this masterful book, the late Rabbi Donin meticulously and painstakingly collected, classified, and analyzed a multitude of Halakhot that are relevant to the life cycle of every Jew. The author succeeded in integrating a vast array of seeming minutia--behavioral Halakhot--into an uplifting symphony where 'all my bones' explode in a song of gratitude to the Ribbono Shel Olam."
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About Hayim Halevy Donin

Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin (1928-1983) established himself as an incomparable teacher and interpreter of Jewish laws and practice through his classic books To Be a Jew, To Pray as a Jew, and To Raise a Jewish Child, all published by Basic Books. For twenty years he was Rabbi of Congregation B'nai David in Southfield, Michigan, where he was also Adjunct Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Detroit. Rabbi Donin held a Ph.D. in Education and was also the founder and president of the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Detroit.
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