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To Be A Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life

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This indispensable volume has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the traditional Jewish laws and customs as they apply to daily life in the contemporary world. The unique treasury of practical information and daily inspiration has long been acknowledged as the classic guide to the ageless heritage of Judaism—Jewish attitudes, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish law.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 11th 1991 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1952)
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Caroline
May 23, 2012 Caroline rated it did not like it
I read this book early in my exploration of religious judaism, and found it entirely unhelpful. However, I suspect mostly it is a clash of worldviews. Hayim Halevy Donin's book was just overwhelmingly orthodox for me as I was first encountering religious Judaism. His worldview clashed with mine, not only because of his orthodoxy, because there are plenty of orthodox Jews with relatively similar world-views to mine, but because of some... I don't really know what, but radically different outlook ...more
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Nov 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
interesting and educational about some of the ways of 'some' of the descendants of Judah (or their purported descendants).
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Oct 07, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
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Ridiculously informative. I recommend this book for natural Jews, gerim, or just those who are generally curious.
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Excellent Lenten reading. I learned a lot.
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Very practical and helpful!! especially for someone who wants to convert to Judaism or for a jew who forgot his/her jewish practices.
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I'm still working on this book. I needed to start over from the beginning because it's been several years since I left off.
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Apr 08, 2015 Batya7 rated it it was amazing
First read in late 1980s. Currently using as a guide for teaching basic Jewish outlook and practice.
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Jeanne
Mar 29, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Informational book about Jewish comtemporary life. An indepth peek into Jewish customs.
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Trully amazing work I read this over and over, over the years!,
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Easy writing style and great explanations - a good resource.
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