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Embracing Judaism Paperback – December 30, 1999
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"Embracing Judaism is a book that speaks to the heart, from its title to its warm, lucid, and inclusive tone. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the values and practices of Judaism -- meaning everyone who cares about Jewish life today." -- Francine Klagsbrun, author of Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture Around the Year.
"In this wonderful volume, Rabbi Kling conveys his deep love of God and the Jewish tradition, and provides a masterful summary fo Judaism's distinctive spiritual and ethical message. I highly recommend it for prospective Jews by choice and all those interested in Judaism as a religious faith and a holy way of life." -- Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union of American Hebew Congregations
"More than Judaism 101, more than a convert's primer, this book delivers the basics of Jewish tradition with remarkable sensitivity, clarity, and inclusiveness born of lovingkindness. Rachel Cowan's essay alone is worth the cover price." -- Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America.
About the Author
Rabbi Simcha Kling 1922-1991) was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also earned a master's degree in Hebrew literature and a doctorate in Hebrew letters. He was a pulipt rabbi for over forty years.
Rabbi Carl M. Perkins, who revised the book, is the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Wexner graduate fellowship program, he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1991.
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I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in the topic.
As Kling explains it, Jews know that they belong to a religious community, and that they can find God in their own personal beliefs. Kling describes the main traditions of Judaism - Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox - and explains how each group comprises people of the same religion pursuing slightly different paths to find God's message.
Embracing Judaism comes highly recommended for open-minded outsiders who want to understand the Jewish religious tradition. Readers don't need to want to convert. Kling does an admirable job helping us to understand more about the beliefs of our neighbors. This book in no way offends other religious traditions, but strong followers of exclusionary traditions may find this book simply too different to hold their interest.
Embracing Judaism is simple without being simplistic. In terms that most readers can readily understand, the authors present the basic beliefs, practices and approaches to Judaism today. This work was written originally, and still intended largely, as a "primer" for those considering conversion to Judaism. And this is often how I have used it in the past. When I meet a person about possible conversion, I give him/her a copy of this book, with the words, "Try reading this. If you decide to convert, it's my gift form me to you." The addition of Rachel Cowan's personal story to Embracing Judaism had added a new and necessary dimension to the work. However, the book also great for any reader who wants a sensitive and sensible introduction to Jewish living.
Carl Perkins is to be commended for taking an excellent book and making it even better. Embracing Judaism works as a work, and it deserves a central place in every Jewish library.
Rabbi Gershon Schwartz is co-author with Rabbi Michael Katz, of "Swimming in the Sea of Talmud: Lessons for Everyday Living" published by JPS