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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Urj Press; Revised edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807408433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807408438
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

In addition to being an easy read, the book was informative.
Rebecca Rothstein
It only served to make me feel the pain of what I would lose rather than the joy of what I would gain.
Sabrina Eyal
I read this book because I have a friend who just converted.
Mimi

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Eyal on November 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was the very first book I read on the subject, when my (now) husband and I were just beginning to discuss marriage. We had been learning about our religious traditions to see if we could create a family together. I read this book as the very first step toward the consideration of conversion. What a mistake. This book, though it does its best to try to make you feel one with Jewish people (which of course is very important), also served to make me feel that the decision to do so would pretty much alienate me from my spiritual past and my own family. And the book does not attempt to deal with this alienation, except for a few suggestions about how to incorporate your parents into life cycle ceremonies. For anyone who has mainly positive memories about their own family, their own religious upbringing and religious Christian holidays, this is not the book to read. It only served to make me feel the pain of what I would lose rather than the joy of what I would gain. I highly recommend Anita Diamant's book on the same subject, Choosing a Jewish Life. I found it much more positive and full of much more useful information.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By lime_paradise on July 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is basically about several people telling how their decision to convert to Judaism came about and what they actually experienced compared to what they expected.It is light, easy reading - nothing complicated.The reason I gave it only 3 stars is because I feel that it lacks enthusiasm. It has a tendency to be a little dry.If you're looking for basic info on Judaism,look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a book to curl up with on a rainy day,this may be just what you're looking for -a low key easy read.It does have a small glossery of some Jewish words but nothing that you couldn't find elsewhere.It would perhaps make a nice gift but again,the excitement or enthusiasm of a new convert is just not conveyed.Forgiving that one point,it is in general a good book that I would buy again.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book because I have a friend who just converted. Anyway, this book helped me understand where she is coming from. This book has a lot of quotes by other converted Jews [not just the author] who either had it real hard by having to tell others and make other understand why they chose Judaism, or why they can't do Christmas anymore. It was about how relationships changed from a Jewish man and his non-Jewish girlfriend to his now completely Jewish relationship with his totally convert Jewish girlfriend. The relationships changed in that converts tend to be more "Jewish" than born-Jews. Born Jews take their lifestyle for granted living the life we live in America, yet converted Jews are all into eating Kosher, talking about Judaism, knowing the history, teaching what they just learned etcetera. It was about how Jewish in-laws would get annoyed because the converted daughter-in-law knew more than the mother-in-law, etc. So, this book is a bunch of people telling tidbits of memories they have while converting to Judaism.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Regina Bogardus on September 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unless you are married or engaged to a born Jew, this book is practically worthless. The short quotes from converts are nice, and let me know I was not alone. Otherwise, there's not a whole lot here for the unattached.

I would think, especially as Ms. Kukoff notes that she was interested in and reading about Judaism for years before she ever met her husband, she would understand a single person might be interested and begin the conversion process on their own.

It was very little help to me, but if you can find it used at a second hand shop or book sale, it's worth a flip-through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thinking about conversion on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an easy read, a how-to with some of the author's own story and a lot of quotes of others. I like it because it captures problems in talking to families about a big step that affects their feelings too. For all the books on conversion, there aren't many that talk about forming a community for yourself. That's important. It was worth buying, especially on sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Rothstein on June 6, 2007
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My boyfriend is going to start classes and begin his conversion in September. I bought two copies of this wonderful book so that we could read it together. It gave me insight into what the conversion process would be like for me and how I could support his journey. It also discussed the role of our families. In addition to being an easy read, the book was informative.
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