Converting to Judaism

Converting to Judaism

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Over the years, Rabbi Bernice Kimel Weiss has shepherded hundreds of non-Jewish students into the family of the Jewish people. For most, the interest in Judaism is sparked by a decision to marry a Jewish man or woman. But that is only the beginning. In the gentle hands of a teacher who has witnessed and understands their turmoil, their conflicts, their tears, they bare their personal struggles. What emerge are amazing, powerful, soul-stirring stories of re-creation - the extraordinary adventure of becoming a Jew at the turn of the 21st century. An Asian-American whose father owns a Japanese restaurant marries a secular Jew but leads him to Orthodox Judaism; a Belgian raised by nuns meets a Jew and finds her faith in Israel; a former Sunday school teacher from a small farm town falls in love with a Jewish girl and with her faith as well; an African-American woman lawyer, a Harvard graduate, discovers Judaism and keeps kosher in a small southern town: their varied stories and eight more are revealed in these pages. The twists and turns and the direction their lives ultimately take are a source of inspiration to those contemplating Judaism, and to all in search of faith. They are a gift to the Jewish people.Hebegan wearing tzitzis(the fringesof theprayer shawl) hanging outside his clothing like many Orthodox men and ... Atan engagement partyI attended, the room was filled with Orthodox men inblack hatsand Orthodox womenwearing sheitels (wigs) andlongdresses. ... Yet the only thing Jewish we ever did was light Chanukah candles and attend a Passover seder every year at the home of family friends.

Title:Converting to Judaism
Author:Bernice K. Weiss
Publisher:Health Communications, Inc. - 2010-01-01


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