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Conversion to Judaism: A Guidebook Paperback – July 1, 1994
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Though Jews are frequently referred to as 'the people of the book,' there are in fact very few books that one could read that would help a person become a part of the Jewish people if he or she was not born of it. In an age of the 'user-friendly' guide to virtually all interests and endeavors, Professor Epstein has performed a holy service in producing a 'user-friendly' guide to modern Judaism, making entrée into it readily available to all who might be interested. (Dr. Egon Mayer, Jewish Outreach Institute)
It should serve well, and represents a good motivational tool without in any way 'preaching' or utilizing devices that are meant to wheedle. Its forthright approach is one of its greatest assets..... (Dr. Morton K. Siegel, The United synagogue of Conservative Judaism)
Down-to-earth and accessible, this guide will be useful for those looking for a thorough yet brief introduction to Judaism and the path toward conversion. (Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, Union of American Hebrew Congregations)
It should serve well, and represents a good motivational tool without in any way 'preaching' or utilizing devices that are meant to wheedle. Its forthright approach is one of its greatest assets. (Dr. Morton K. Siegel, The United synagogue of Conservative Judaism)
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Although there is a significant portion dedicated to the ceremony itself, it does not provide for merely light reading. This book serves to calm the fears converts may have about circumcision, the mikveh, etc. and offers them a brief historical framework for them to begin to develop a certain sense of past for their new faith.
I contacted Lawrence Epstein via email regarding issues in his book I wasn't completely clear on, and I received a detailed, very warm and reassuring response the next day.
For those considering conversion, or for those Jews by birth who might want to brush up on what exactly a Jew is, I completely, whole-heartedly recommend this book. Shalom and mazel tov on your journey!
He provides important historical information and background in regard to conversion. He discusses the subject in general including the reasons why people convert. He provides personal stories as examples. He looks at the Conversion process from the point- of - view of the major Jewish religious denominations. He answers questions potential converts are most likely to have.
This work which was initially published in 1994 at Jason Aronson under the supervision of the person who contributed more than any other in the past half- century to the publication of English- language Judaica, Arthur Kurzweil is even more vital today than it was then. For the numbers of those who are potential candidates for conversion has increased.Also given the demographic crisis the Jewish people is presently facing a number of important figures, including Epstein himself are calling for the changing of general policy on Conversion in order to facilitate the process.
A highly valuable and much recommeded work.
- The book does not take for granted that your main reason for learning about conversion is a romantic interest in a jewish person.
- It shares with the readers experiences of people who went through the conversion process as well as incredible histories that are wonderful and interesting even outside the scope of the book.
- The author does a great job at balancing the spiritual aspect of life after conversion with its practical implications.
- It has a extremely good amount of information regarding holidays and rituals.
The author is just a great writer.
I hope this helps.
I especially appreciated the author's even treatment of the different Jewish movements, mainly Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist.
He explains not only the conversion process in these different movements, but also gives the reader an introduction to the Jewish faith. He talks about Jewish beliefs, texts, and practices. He also gives a list of resources in the back of the book that appear to be quite helpful, especially for the new Jew.
This book is filled with useful information and referrals to great resources for more detailed information. I highly recommend this book.
This book gives the reader a full scope of what Judaism means, its history, why it's sacred to Jews and about living a Jewish life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, especially those converting to and who are considering converting to Judaism. I, also, recommend this book to the families of those who have recently converted and who are converting to Judaism, as it will enlighten them about the new faith of their loved one.
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I would have never in a million years imagined that an instructional guidebook - on conversion or anything else - could so thoroughly and immediately evoke the fervor and emotion... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Scheffel
Excellent book for anyone contemplating conversion. May need to be updated, concerning difficulties in obtaining an Orthodox conversion which is recognized in Israel. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lorna J. Loomis
Just what I wanted, an introduction. Met all expectations. Well written for the average reader. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in this topic.Published on May 5, 2014 by TONY_S
A definite must for anyone thinking about their conversion. All the potential topics are well covered. Very helpfull in all it containes.Published on April 7, 2013 by Marc Fitch