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Chicken Soup with Chopsticks: A Jew's Struggle for Truth in an Interfaith Relationship Paperback – October 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Spider (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973252316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973252316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,595,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is truly Botwinik's story; his girlfriend (now wife) Belinda (now Bina Ester) appears only in glimpses, but although it is ostensibly a conversion story, it is more a fascinating tale of Botwinik's own "Baal Teshuvah" journey towards traditionally observant Judaism.

This is a journey I've taken myself, so can definitely relate to the themes in the book... and the settings, too, are familiar from my own hours across the table from the central Bais Din which oversees conversions here in Toronto.

Botwinik is honest to the extreme, and the book is written with great clarity, which sometimes gives it an overly introspective (read: navelgazing) tone.

Nevertheless, this would be a helpful book for anyone thinking they may land on on either side of the interdating-to-frum-Jew (frum = religious) or non-Jew-to-frum-Jew coin.

This is NOT the book I would give to somebody in an interfaith relationship to convince a partner to convert (what would I offer? Maybe Dennis Prager's Nine Questions or Kelemen's Permission to Believe). This is not even a book I would suggest giving to non-Jewish or non-religious friends or family to explain religious transitions in one's own life (for that, I'd recommend a heartfelt personal letter!).

This book presupposes a level of understanding and agreement on the part of the reader which makes it just right for exactly the right audience... and kinda wrong for the wrong audience. Hard to describe, but if you suspect yourself are on the derech (way, ie towards Torah observance), this book may prove very helpful, in part for its glimpses of the nitty gritty of the bais din conversion process.

I would have been happier with more chopsticks and less chicken soup - as a born-Jewish Baalas Teshuvah, I already *know* the chicken soup stuff! :-) But this book still has its place on many bookshelves... I hope it finds its way to yours.
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Format: Hardcover
Book definitely sparked my interest in Jusdaism as a potential system for raising my own children in the way I had wanted to especially regarding dating & choosing a lifelong soul mate.

What also interested me was the way Purity of speech is explained by the author. I'm struggling with this all the time in terms of words spoken in anger to loved ones. I feel that Purity of speech as explained will give me grounded / logical / easier to follow method to control myself when in anger since I am internalizing the understanding that these angry words once spoken can harm everyone who hears it & the harm done cannot be undone no matter how sincerly sorry I can be afterwards.

As a result of reading the book, it made me interested in reading more about the Judaism system & how it can apply to my daily life to lead a more meaningful life. I am not looking for conversion since I'm a happy Buddhist of Chinese origin but to undertand the precepts/laws and how this can be systematically applied to resolve daily problems & bring spiritual growth.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is tasty!!! Just like both Chinese and Jewish food. The author Jack Botwinik has the ability to really bring you personally right into his struggle, as you are truly there with them in their journey. I felt that I actually heared the author as well as all the other characters speaking to me. Like I really got to know them, and I could not put the book down as I was so excited to see what would end up happening. I learned many things about Judaism, Chinese culture, mysticism, the conversion process, relationships and dating, other religions and philosophies, and life in general. All on a very personal level.
Thanks Jack for a GREAT read and for bringing me into your life!
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Format: Paperback
This book is tasty!!! Just like both Chinese and Jewish food. The author Jack Botwinik has the ability to really bring you personally right into his struggle, as you are truly there with them in their journey. I felt that I actually heared the author as well as all the other characters speaking to me. Like I really got to know them, and I could not put the book down as I was so excited to see what would end up happening. I learned many things about Judaism, Chinese culture, mysticism, the conversion process, relationships and dating, other religions and philosophies, and life in general. All on a very personal level.
Thanks Jack for a GREAT read and for bringing me into your life!
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The road to orthodoxy can be paved with strong, possibly surprising motivations: a new baby, a new wife. In "The Bamboo Cradle: A Jewish Father's Story," Avraham Schwartzbaum, a not particularly religious Jew, became more and more religious following his adoption of a Taiwanese baby girl and his desire to make her fully Jewish. Now, Jack Botinik makes a similar journey, as he delves deeper and deeper into religious tradition and practices triggered by his desire for the conversion of his Chinese girlfriend.

I spite of the glib title, this is really a serious, often self-indulgent work of a young man's religious journey. While one might expect the focus of the work to be on secular Belinda (Hang-Yee) and her transformation into Orthodox Bina Esther, Jack concentrates on himself, making only occasional references to her interior struggles and studies. So much is she the catalyst, that one must conclude Jack would have become orthodox even if she had not converted, permitting their ultimate wedding.

We see the exterior of Bina's struggle, through Jack's eyes, while dissecting each step he takes. The result is a work too much about Jack and far too little about Bina, whose voice is finally heard in a far-too-brief, three-page afterward.
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