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Choosing Judaism

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In print for over 20 years, Choosing Judaism has become a classic guide for individuals considering conversion. By sharing her own story, Lydia Kukoff creates a remarkable work about what it means to make this significant choice. Years after her own conversion she continues to question, grow, and learn, and encourages others to do the same.
Paperback, 138 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Urj Press (first published August 1st 1983)
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Reese
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reese by: Karen
Passover is over, and remembering the forty years of wandering in the desert can make sustaining a "dayenu" attitude difficult. I don't like "difficult." So gratitude season has officially ended, and it's time to start complaining again. Sorry, Lydia Kukoff, but your book is just not good enough to stick a handful of stars on it. In a charitable moment, I might have given CHOOSING JUDAISM two stars. Oy -- I actually gave it two stars. I had a charitable moment? It's possible.

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Brian
I have no idea who this book is written for. It's called Choosing Judaism, but most of the book seems geared toward people who have already chosen Judaism or, indeed, already converted and are now dealing with the aftermath. The book actually begins with a list of historical converts, starting with Abraham and going forward, and then ends with "me" and "you," which is hardly a list for someone who isn't certain. However, a lot of the text seems to imply people who aren't that familiar with the a ...more
K.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I have a friend who just converted. Anyway, this book helped me understand where she is coming from. This book has a lot of quotes by other converted Jews [not just the author] who either had it real hard by having to tell others and make other understand why they chose Judaism, or why they can't do Christmas anymore. It was about how relationships changed from a Jewish man and his non-Jewish girlfriend to his now completely Jewish relationship with his totally convert J ...more
Victoria Scearcy
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book offers a great perspective on conversion and helped me to see that some of the things I have been going through during my own journey are common. It was recommended by my Rabbi and I would recommend it to anyone going through or considering conversion.
Raelyn
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
As someone in the process of converting, it provided me with much needed support.
Kain Eggler
Jan 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
I...can't say I loved this book or found it especially helpful. This book seemed more focused on personal anecdote than the nuts and bolts of conversion to Judaism. There was no kinda break down of what Judaism looks like and had some advice that felt antiquated. If you're interested in conversion, I would recommend other books. ...more
Melvin Marsh, M.S.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: conversion, judaism
Written by a heterosexual white Jew by Choice, it provides a convert's discussion on how to "own" Judaism after one converts. Short book and easy to read. Not comprehensive and very limited in scope. ...more
Udine
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very clear and concise book for anyone who is considering converting to Judaism. I would recommend it highly for the convert and their family.
Aliza Turner
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good but as an older single lady in process of conversion, I just did not relate too well.
Ezri K
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beliefs, nonfiction
A quick and easy read. The book seems to focus more on the person aspect of the convert and less on the technical process. Written by a convert geared to held newly converts with their first steps after the conversion ceremony.
For the basic ground work it s a good book to read through. A companion to "Choosing a Jewish Life." Lydia does give some good points at where to start and look. Also gives a list things to start you off as well as a possibilities of where to find them.
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Karen
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, religion
I really think this is a book for not only converts and Jew Enthusiasts, but also for Jewish and non-Jewish family members. While my experiences as an "outsider" are not the same as Kukoff's, I found her insights and suggestions to be interesting and helpful. ...more
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