Embracing the Covenant: Converts to Judaism Talk About Why & How
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This book is a practical and inspirational companion to the conversion process for Jews-by-Choice and their families. Written primarily for the person considering the choice of Judaism, it provides highly personal insights from over 50 people who have made this life-changing decision.
But it also will speak to their familiesthe non-Jewish family that provided his or her spiritual beginnings and the Jewish "family" which receives the convertand help them understand why the decision was made.
Rabbi Allan L. Berkowitz and Patti Moskovitz have worked with converts for a combined total of more than 30 years. To the editors of Embracing the Covenant, converts are an inspiration to the Jewish people. Converts bring a purity of yearning and a strong spiritual dimension to Judaism that we badly need, say Berkowitz and Moskovitz. The Jewish people are strengthened by the mere presence of Jews-by-Choice.
"Unlock the powerful truths that shattered ancient beliefs and paved the way for the new and revolutionary religion that became Judaism.
This is a unique look at the Torahthe foundation of Jewish existenceand the revolutionary teachings of Moses embedded within it that gave birth to Judaism and influenced the world.
Dr. Reuven Hammer presents fourteen radical ideas found in Torah, explains their original intentions, and shows how understanding these ""truths"" can help you better understand the narrative and laws of Judaism. He shows how when taken together, these value concepts present a picture of human life that is surprisingly modern and relevant to our goals for repairing the world today:
Humanity is one as God is one
Human beings are responsible for their actions and have the choice to do good or evil
Poverty, deprivation, slavery and hatred are evils that must be eradicated
The earth is not ours to destroy
The love of others is a divine command
And much more ...
- Jewish Lights Publishing, July 1996
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