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She grew up in an upper-middle-class Protestant family in New England. She can trace her father's family back to the Mayflower. Yet, "Judaism was to be my bashert, my destiny," maintains Linda Shires - wife, mother, professor, and author. For almost twenty years, she lived the life of a Jewish wife, passing as a Jew when she participated in Jewish holiday rituals with her husband and her three step-children. When she wanted, she thought of herself as a Christian. But after deciding to ground her child in one religious tradition, Shires discovered her own. Coming Home tells the story of why a former WASP Debutante opted for a position at the margins: a Jew-by-Choice and why she became committed to a life of religious observance and questioning. Her narrative is quietly passionate, spiritual, and learned as it moves from the halls of Princeton to the Holocaust camps of Germany and back again. This richly felt story of conversion to Judaism expands our idea of what constitutes a spiritual journey and a religious practice.

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Shires (English and textual studies, Syracuse U.) writes a personal and philosophical account of her conversion from Protestantism to Judaism, perceptively considering the principles that guided her and recounting her thought process as she navigated the many moral and ethical dilemmas that brought about a deeper understanding and connection to Judaism.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-253) and index.

About the Author

Linda M. Shires is professor of English and Textual Studies at Syracuse University, where she also teaches in the Judaic Studies program. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Syracuse, New York.

Table of Contents

1. From passing as a Jew to standing at Sinai — 2. Time, timeliness, timelessness — 3. God, women, and gender — 4. Pollution and holiness — 5. Face to face — 6. In pieces.

Product Details

A Woman's Story Of Conversion To Judaism
Shires, Linda M
Shires, Linda M.
Shires, Linda
Basic Books
Boulder, Colo.
Judaism - General
Jewish way of life
Women in judaism
Jewish converts from Christianity.
Personal Memoirs
General Religion
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
9.25x6.21x.96 in. 1.09 lbs.

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