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  • Finding the God of Noah

    J. David Davis

    Praise for Finding the Gold of Noah
    A congregation of Southern Baptists, smack in the middle of the Bible Belt, decided to remove the steeple from their Emmanuel Baptists Church, having decided the pointed steeple was a pagan fertility symbols and thus inappropriate to be atop a house of worship. They also removed the words "Baptist" and "Church" from the sign out front, quit celebrating Christmas, and scrapped the Wednesday evening prayer service. They then invited an Orthodox rabbi to instruct them in Jewish thought and religious practices. Finding The God Of Noah: The Spiritual Journey Of A Baptist Minister From Christianity to the Laws Of Noah clearly explains the circumstances that led to this unusual religious movement in Athens, Tennessee, and the events that followed. Finding The God Of Noah relates the problems and triumphs of this local group of Noahides with both their neighbors and the world. In the last six years, David Davis' congregation is now the largest Noahide group in the United States. Davis has become one of the principle advocates for a growing number of non-Jews who follow the Jewish Laws applicable to Gentiles, as interpreted by Jewish teaching. Finding The God Of Noah is a fascinating story of the search for truth -- and the price extracting for adhering to principle.
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  • Understanding Your Neighbor’s Faith

    Philip Lazowski

    The brainchild of Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Hartford, Connecticut. The idea was born several years back after he invited a group of non-Jewish clergymen to visit the Holy Land with him. Priests, ministers and some members of their congregations who wanted a better understanding of Israel and Judaism enthusiastically accepted his gesture of good will. Rabbi Lazowski's unique perspective as a Holocaust survivor made him ideally poised to teach others about the historical and philosophical context of Judaism as well as its rich tradition of practice. Rabbi Lazowski also learned much from his colleagues of other faith traditions, developing an awareness and sensitivity of the religions that see themselves as inheritors of Judaism.
    This unprecedented volume gives Rabbi Lazowski and the other clergy the opportunity to explicate their religion, using their own language and concepts in responding to the questions of people of goodwill outside their faith. Difficult, even uncomfortable, questions are asked"and answered. No question is too simple or too complex. Every chapter, each by an author belonging to a different Christian faith tradition, will prove as informative to the co-religionist as to the outsider. The concise, straightforward question-and-answer style allows the book to be studied in full, read casually, or consulted for reference.
    Anyone who seeks a better understanding of modern Western culture and its antecedents will applaud this collection, as will anyone who simply wants to know what his neighbor, friend, co-worker, or fellow citizen believes. Learn More
  • Orthodox Forum # 20

    The Relationship of Orthodox Jews with Jews of Other Religious Ideologies and Non-Believing Jews

    Adam Mintz

    In the past two decades, formal denominational relationships organizationally in Jewish life have declined and yet the interaction between Orthodox Jews and non-Orthodox Jews on personal and family levels and in the work place has never been greater.

    While there is no dramatic statistical increase in Orthodox affiliation, there is documented evidence that Orthodoxy today is a growing movement with a young, knowledgeable and observant constituency. A critical question for Orthodoxy today is whether it will see itself as a sectarian movement or one that eagerly embraces concerns facing the Jewish people as a whole.

    Despite an increase in the rate of intermarriage among American Jews, there is a current trend towards increased Jewish identification as expressed in the religious, cultural and political arenas within the framework of the Jewish community. It is for this reason that The Orthodox Forum has chosen to analyze these notable changes taking place in both the Orthodox and non-Orthodox community.

    As the phenomenon of engagement Jewishly by the non-Orthodox has been welcomed in most circles, it has created a special challenge for the Orthodox community. How is the Orthodox community to maintain its strict commitment to the ritual and theological foundations of Judaism while at the same time recognizing the actions of these groups and individuals who, while rejecting many religious norms, have chosen to join the Jewish community in serious and substantive ways?

    This volume offers a wide range of historical, theological, Halakhic, educational and communal perspectives on the challenges and considerations faced by those who endeavor to build bridges with believing and non-believing Jews in our community, while steadfastly maintaining their sacred commitments.

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  • Children of Abraham

    Firestone

    Rabbi Firestone presents in his volume Judaism with a Muslim sensibility in mind, and thus establishes unprecedented intimacy between Jewish and Muslim consciousness and worldviews. Learn More
  • Becoming Jewish a Handbook for Conversion

    Ronald Isaacs

    Answers questions converts fequently ask - How do I begin? Will conversion affect my relationships? How do I make a Jewish home? Provides insights into the choices surrounding the conversion process, options and challenges. Learn More
  • Reform Judaism

    Charles A. Kroloff

    This little volume has been designed as a gift for the guests at your forthcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. Many of your guests may not be familiar with the various aspects of Reform Judaism and the specific elements of the prayer and Torah service. Reform Judaism gives the background information so that the guests will appreciate the nuances of the service and Reform Judaism. It has been designed so that you can personalize the cover with your special message and will make a perfect memento.

    The book may be distributed at wedding receptions as a gift to the guests from the bride and groom. The couple's name and wedding date may be imprinted. Birkat HaMazon would then be available if the couple desires.


    It is also a charming gift for college students or Jews by Choice.


    Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff Rabbi, is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ where he served for 36 years. He is a former President of the CCAR. This is his third book.

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  • Jews and Mormons

    Frank Johnson and Rabbi William J. Leffler

    In an era when interfaith religious dialogue is becoming more common,
    Jews and Mormons: Two Houses of Israel is one of the most unusual examples of the genre. Frank Johnson and Rabbi William J. Leffler, each an extremely articulate spokesman for his own religious heritage, first met, five decades ago, as roommates at Dartmouth College. They became good friends, and have corresponded with each other ever since. Their discussions of religion over the years, marked by a high degree of knowledge and seriousness, form the basis for this very special volume.
    In a series of eight alternating chapters, the two authors concisely describe and explain their respective religions; then, in the book's ninth and final chapter, they join together to discuss similarities and differences between the two faiths, and areas of mutual misunderstanding resulting from their different worldviews. The book they have produced fills a vital intellectual gap, for Jews and Mormons know very little about one another. Perhaps most fascinating from the standpoint of Jewish readers, it explains how and why the Church of Ladder-day Saints sees itself as a branch of the biblical house of Israel and therefore in a special relationship with the Jewish people, as well as with the modern State of Israel.
    Rabbi William J. Leffler was ordained at the Hebrew Union College and is now retired. He formerly served congregations in Concord, NH and Lexington, KY. He currently resides in Kennebunkport, ME.
    Frank J. Johnson, also retired, is a Mormon high priest and a convert to the Church of thirty years. He and his wife served as couple missionaries for one year in the Canadian Toronto East Mission in 1994–95. Learn More
  • Understanding Your Neighbor’s Faith

    Philip Lazowski

    The brainchild of Rabbi Philip Lazowski of Hartford, Connecticut. The idea was born several years back after he invited a group of non-Jewish clergymen to visit the Holy Land with him. Priests, ministers and some members of their congregations who wanted a better understanding of Israel and Judaism enthusiastically accepted his gesture of good will. Rabbi Lazowski's unique perspective as a Holocaust survivor made him ideally poised to teach others about the historical and philosophical context of Judaism as well as its rich tradition of practice. Rabbi Lazowski also learned much from his colleagues of other faith traditions, developing an awareness and sensitivity of the religions that see themselves as inheritors of Judaism.
    This unprecedented volume gives Rabbi Lazowski and the other clergy the opportunity to explicate their religion, using their own language and concepts in responding to the questions of people of goodwill outside their faith. Difficult, even uncomfortable, questions are asked"and answered. No question is too simple or too complex. Every chapter, each by an author belonging to a different Christian faith tradition, will prove as informative to the co-religionist as to the outsider. The concise, straightforward question-and-answer style allows the book to be studied in full, read casually, or consulted for reference.
    Anyone who seeks a better understanding of modern Western culture and its antecedents will applaud this collection, as will anyone who simply wants to know what his neighbor, friend, co-worker, or fellow citizen believes. Learn More
  • Conversion Crisis

    J. Wolowelsky and E. Feldman

    Conversion to Judaism has become a critical question for contemporary Jewish thought. Many modern people regard religious identity as one cultural option among others, defined, adopted and shed at will like other consumer preferences. Such an outlook is in conflict with the traditional Jewish idea that absolute, irrevocable commitment to a religious community is achieved through public engagement in particular legally binding acts that constitute conversion, as set down by Jewish religious law and its institutions. Understanding conversion thus becomes essential to understanding Judaism. The entrance to Jewish existence partakes of, and corresponds to, the reality of Jewish life as the gateway foreshadows the home.

    The articles in this volume are taken from discussions in the Journal of Jewish Thought, Tradition, and focus on various aspects of the contemporary conversion crisis. Most take positions on contemporary halakhic problems. Some are concerned with the place of conversion within a broader Jewish theology. All contribute to a better understanding of this core institution of the traditional Jewish community.

    Contents

    Aharon Lichtenstein: On Conversion

    J. David Bleich: The Conversion Crisis-A Halakhic Analysis

    Abraham Carmel: My Chosen People

    S. Zevulun Lieberman: A Sephardic Ban on Converts

    Marc Angel: Another Halakhic Approach to Conversions

    Shlomo Riskin: Conversion in Jewish Law

    J. Simcha Cohen: The Conversion of Children Born to Gentile Mothers & Jewish Fathers

    Moshe Yeres: Burial of Non-Halakhic Converts

    Michael J. Broyde and Shmuel Kadosh: Conversion & the Acceptance of Mitsvot Learn More
  • Children of Abraham

    Duran

    Candid analysis of the status of women in Muslim belief and practice, as well as an unsentimental assessment of the historical treatment of minorities within Islamic societies. Learn More

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