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To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07L2VHY56
- Publisher : Basic Books (August 13, 2019)
- Publication date : August 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 7105 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 425 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1541674022
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,530 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One large point is the complete disregard for homosexuals and the idea that homosexuals can't be a Jew. I am a Orthodox studying gay Jew. While reading this book it's very clear to see the strict man and woman is the only acceptable outlook which is understandable but not facing reality; there are traditional orthodox gay living Jews. They don't subscribe to any 'cultures' like lgbt culture other than Jewish and their home country, such as myself. While obviously no human should be denied love with consenting adults, or rights, traditional viewing gays like myself don't like the parades of sexual behavior and display of some lgbt members. This book doesn't go into this topic at all. It just makes a basic claim of no homosexuals and moves on. I would have loved a deeper look into the history or information on observant gay Jews even when the community disagreed with them and how they lived since, after all they are Jews still (and this book touches on diversity of Jews).
While it can use some updating to be more loving of ALL of gods children(NOT changing the word of HaShem but better understanding and loving of all gods children as a human life rather than casting away in basic disagreements) it is a GREAT introduction to Orthodox observant Judaism, especially for the convert as there are Images and helpful additional tips and recommended readings as well.
This takes you through all of the major life events, the good and the bad, as well as ones relationship to ones parents, spouse, and children from a jewish perspective.
To Be A Jew goes beyond the rote of observances. You will learn the why's and wherefore's out of which Jewish traditional practices come. I recommend it to anyone who wants to deeply understand more about the Jewish religion.
Though Donin writes from an orthodox perspective, he is very gentle with the reader, never insisting that his way is the only way. He doesn't dictate, he encourages the reader to try what feels comfortable, and to explore, and provides material enough for a long, long exploration. I can't think of a single question about daily practice or synagogue etiquette that couldn't be answered by referencing this book.
This book is intended for Jews, and as he states, particularly for Jews who grew up in a household where Yiddishkheit was not present. R. Donin assumes a certain amount of prior knowledge (such as understanding the Hebrew and Yiddish words I've used so far), so this is not a book for non-Jews with a casual interest in Judaism. However, anyone who has read one or two basic books on Judaism, or anyone who grew up Jewish, even if just barely observant should have no trouble with this book.
Donin's writing is more than just engaging, it projects a kindness that really must be experienced. It was as though Zayde were reading aloud to me. The book has heart. Never once do I think that R. Donin has written this book because he is casting for people to turn back to orthodoxy. I really believe he was motivated out of a pure love for Judaism, and this comes out of the pages.
Top reviews from other countries
It's a great book for anyone thinking about a conversion or just wants to learn about Judaism.
After reading two other books on the Jewish way of life, neither of which helped my understanding; this book clearly stated what everything was about.
I would recommend it.