Who Is A Jew?: Conversations, Not Conclusions

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Sure to generate great controversy as it provides new insights, "Who Is a Jew?" courageously takes on this timely and controversial question. It provides the full range of perspectives necessary to let us draw our own conclusions. A seasoned journalist, Meryl Hyman weaves her own life experiences into this complex and controversial subject, exploring profound and highly personal questions of identity in conversations with Jew and non-Jew. The daughter of a Jewish father and a Christian mother, she set out to find out why so many Jews say she is not a Jew, even though she has practiced Judaism and identified herself as a Jew since birth. She found a people struggling with its own history, customs, and laws; a people who fear that their unity may be sacrificed. Featured in "Who Is a Jew?" are leaders from all parts of the Jewish world, eminent scholars, and others from all spectrums of belief―from Israel, England, and the United States―who speak out on the subject and delve into such questions as: What are the many-faceted "answers" to this seemingly simple question? Why are these answers crucial for all Jews? Why does Jewish identity have a bearing on all cultural, religious, and ethnic groups? Why and how does Israel's answer to the question matter to Jews everywhere in the world?

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"Who Is a Jew?": Conversations, Not Conclusions is a collection of interviews with religious, academic, and political leaders from the U.S., Israel, and England. Journalist Meryl Hyman has a sharp ear for the nuances of their answers, and she's presented them here in her subjects' own words. "Who Is a Jew?" covers many aspects of this question and the wildly diverse answers offered by more than 30 Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist leaders. The validity of non-Orthodox conversion and of patrilineal descent, as well as the variety of perspectives on who should be able to immigrate to Israel are among the vital issues covered in Hyman's conversations. The answers given by this book are passionate and insightful. Most strikingly, they are always fluid, without ever relaxing into easy relativism. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Meryl Hyman, a veteran reporter and editor, has worked for most of her career at Gannett Newspapers.

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