Monday, February 22, 2016

"Becoming Jewish" by Steven Reuben and Jennifer Hanin

This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants more information on Judaism.  While it is geared towards converts, the details can help anyone who wants to know the what and why of Jewish happenings.  From Shabbas to High Holidays to Blessings and more, this book has it all.  The authors make a good combo since one is a rabbi, while the other is a convert.  Different sects of Judaism are explained, and readers understand how Reform is different from Orthodoxy and so on.  There is even a glossary in the back for those who want to learn more Hebrew terms.  The topics covered are inclusive, and there are sections for men, women, and children.  Readers will come to know what a mikveh is, how adult bar/bat mitzvahs work, what to expect at synagogue services, how kashrut works, what kaballah is, why Israel matters, how to make the world a better place, and even whether or not Madonna is Jewish.  Best of all, this book is written with a very non-judgmental tone.  Readers will feel accepted yet challenged as they decide whether or not to continue walking down the road that is Judaism.

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