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To be a Jew : a guide to Jewish observance…

To be a Jew : a guide to Jewish observance in contemporary life (edition 1972)

by Hayim Halevy Donin (Author)

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The classic guide to the ageless heritage of Judaism Embraced over many decades by hundreds of thousands of readers, To Be a Jew offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to traditional Jewish laws and customs as they apply to daily life in the contemporary world. In simple and powerful language, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin presents the fundamentals of Judaism, including the laws and observances for the Sabbath, the dietary laws, family life, prayer at home and in the synagogue, the major and minor holidays, and the guiding principles and observances of life, such as birth, naming, circumcision, adoption and conversion, Bar-mitzvah, marriage, divorce, death, and mourning. Ideal for reference, reflection, and inspiration, To Be a Jew will by greatly valued by anyone who feels that knowing, understanding, and observing the laws and traditions of Judaism in daily life is the essence of what it means to be a Jew.… (more)
Title:To be a Jew : a guide to Jewish observance in contemporary life
Authors:Hayim Halevy Donin (Author)
Info:New York : Basic Books, 1972
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Well it is very Orthodox. Makes a lot of sense though if truth be told. Maybe I am much more Orthodox than I thought.
  melsmarsh | Jan 28, 2014 |
NO OF PAGES: 338 SUB CAT I: Jewish Customs SUB CAT II: Jewish Life SUB CAT III: Jewish Law DESCRIPTION: This book provides practical information on Judaism-Jewish attitudes, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish law.NOTES: SUBTITLE: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
This book is full of practical information that is the classic heritage of judaism, jewish attitudes, philosophy and law.
1 vote HanoarHatzioni | Jun 9, 2009 |
This is a wonderful reference for those interested in returning to an observant Jewish lifestyle (Baal Teshuva), or someone considering a halachic Orthodox conversion. Rabbi Donin covers all the major topics and issues. Donin's 'To pray as a Jew" book, is a great book to use along side this one. ( )
  nproenza | Jul 14, 2008 |
A nice, cover-all-the-bases type book about Juadaism. It doesn't get into anything terribly deep, but it breaks down a lot of essentials, like what exactly you are and aren't supposed to do on the Sabbath, what Purim is, etc. I wanted a very basic introduction, and so I was very pleased with this. If Donin had gone into more detail, I think I would've been annoyed since he doesn't seem to be ok with things like inter-marriage and female rabbis and homosexuality. ( )
  doloreshaze55 | Oct 11, 2007 |
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Here in one handsome volume are all the laws and customs as they apply to contemporary Jewish life. In simple and powerful language Donin presents the laws and observances for the daily life and for the major and minor holidays, as well as the guiding principles and practices for all the special occasions of life.Perfectly suited for use as a practical reference, Rabbi Donin's classic text also includes chapters on the underlying creed of Judaism, on ethics, the Torah and the Commandments, and other topics that make it an indispensable summary and rationale of the Jewish Law for our time.

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