Item description for To Be A Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life by Hayim H. Donin...
Overview Explains the Jewish laws and customs governing everyday life as well as particular occasions and observances
Publishers Description This book combines a review of basic Jewish belief in terms that an educated layman can understand, a handbook covering basic laws and observance needed for Jewish living in the late 20th century and a rationale for these observances. It uses simple language and explains the laws and observances for the special occasions of life including birth, naming, circumcision, adoption, marriage and mourning. There are also chapters on the underlying creed of Judaism, on ethics, Torah and many other topics.
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Studio: Basic Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.82" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 11, 1991
Publisher Basic Books
ISBN 0465086322 ISBN13 9780465086320
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More About Hayim H. Donin
Hayim Halevy Donin established himself as an incomparable teacher and interpreter of Jewish law and practice through his classic book To Be a Jew. For twenty years he was Rabbi of Congregation B'nai David in Southfield, Michigan, where he was also Adjunct Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Detroit. Rabbi Donin held a Ph.D. in Education and was also the founder and president of the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Detroit.
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Good but Slanted Mar 9, 2008
This is a good book for those who want to learn about the Orthodox practice of halacha, but doesn't always seem to have a positive view of the other systems. So good but slantied.
As Modern as Ever Nov 30, 2007
This book is as relevant today as it was when first written. A very good read.
Very helpful Sep 22, 2007
Useful, informative introduction to Judaism. Helpful and well-written. I am not Jewish but this book helped me a lot to get a basic understanding of the practices and beliefs of Judaism. I think it would help other non-Jews too despite what some other reviewers said. If it assumes prior knowledge I honestly didn't notice and it's easy enough to look up vocabulary words if that's the biggest hurdle. That's what Wikipedia is for, right?
Excellent Resource Aug 8, 2007
"To Be a Jew" was the first "Jewish" book I bought when I initially became interested in becoming Jewish. Although I originally chose this book due to it and Telushkin's "Jewish Literacy" being the only "Jewish" books available in my rural town's bookstore, "To Be a Jew" has proven to be an excellent resource over the past twenty years. I have since had to buy a new copy to replace the first one as this is a book that we commonly refer to in our home. I would also highly recommend "To Pray as a Jew" and "To Raise a Jewish Child" once you have completed "To Be a Jew"
Great resource Aug 1, 2007
This book is a great resource for those living a Jewish lifestyle. If you were not raised as a practicing Jew this book is a MUST for you! You will learn about how to live out your Jewish identity throughout the pages of this wonderful book! Nicely written with great Table of Contents. Strongly recommend for anyone new to Judaism or returning to their faith.