The author of the highly popular and widely quoted Jewish Way in Death and Mourning and Jewish Way in Love and Marriage now offers us a work designed expressly for non-Jews who are contemplating converting, for those who have already converted, and for Jews by birth who wish to gain a deeper insight into their heritage. Becoming a Jew describes the odyssey of the convert and charts the traditional approach to conversion that has guided untold hundreds of thousands of people for more than three millenia. Rabbi Lamm is careful to point out that the Jewish religion is not simply a "calling" and that conversion to Judaism is much more than a profession of faith. It is a network of profound ideas and rich insights and a superb pattern of behavior. In addition to exploring the process of conversion, Becoming a Jew introduces the convert to the laws and traditions of Judaism, its life-cycle events and its holidays, its ideals and values. The first portion of the book explores the convert's fears and hopes as related by converts in their own words. The middle section defines the process of conversion, probing, explaining, and demystifying it. It also includes a special section on how Jewish law addresses the interpersonal problems problems of the convert. And, finally, the author paints a picture of Judaism with a broad brush and introduces the convert to the basic information to be learned and the books to be read. Written in crisp, contemporary style, Becoming a Jew will be invaluable to both those born into the Jewish faith and those who have come to it by choice.
by Maurice Lamm
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