- By Andrea Myers

The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days

  • Title: The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days
  • Author: Andrea Myers
  • ISBN: 9780813549576
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Choosing A Rabbi s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days A young Lutheran girl grows up on Long Island New York She aspires to be a doctor and is on the fast track to marriage and the conventional happily ever after But as the Yiddish saying goes Man pl

    A young Lutheran girl grows up on Long Island, New York She aspires to be a doctor, and is on the fast track to marriage and the conventional happily ever after But, as the Yiddish saying goes, Man plans, and God laughs Meet Andrea Myers, whose coming of age at Brandeis, conversion to Judaism, and awakening sexual identity make for a rich and well timed life in the raA young Lutheran girl grows up on Long Island, New York She aspires to be a doctor, and is on the fast track to marriage and the conventional happily ever after But, as the Yiddish saying goes, Man plans, and God laughs Meet Andrea Myers, whose coming of age at Brandeis, conversion to Judaism, and awakening sexual identity make for a rich and well timed life in the rabbinate.In The Choosing, Myers fuses heartwarming anecdotes with rabbinic insights and generous dollops of humor to describe what it means to survive and flourish on your own terms Portioned around the cycle of the Jewish year, with stories connected to each of the holidays, Myers draws on her unique path to the rabbinate leaving behind her Christian upbringing, coming out as a lesbian, discovering Judaism in college, moving to Israel, converting, and returning to New York to become a rabbi, partner, and parent.Myers relates tales of new beginnings, of reinventing oneself, and finding oneself Whether it s a Sicilian grandmother attempting to bake hamantaschen on Purim for her Jewish granddaughter, or an American in Jerusalem saving a chicken from slaughter during a Rosh Hashanah ritual, Myers keeps readers entertained as she reflects that spirituality, goodness, and morality can and do take many forms Readers will enthusiastically embrace stories of doors closing and windows opening, of family and community, of integration and transformation These captivating narratives will resonate and, in the author s words, reach across coasts, continents, and generations.

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    1. Andrea Myers’s memoir, The Choosing: A Rabbi’s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days, reminds us that there’s more than one way to create an interfaith family. Although Myers’ wife is Jewish, her own conversion to Judaism created many of the same dilemmas in her relationship to her parents and extended family that many interfaith couples confront. Her parents, themselves a mixed marriage of Catholic and Lutheran, are supportive and even eager to embrace their daughter’s new fait [...]

    2. 3 1/2 Stars. Although this book was amusing and thought-provoking, it didn't fully live up to the expectations I'd formed based on the summary and opening. I had hoped this would be an insightful memoir detailing how the author discovered and embraced Judaism despite her Christian upbringing, but instead I found this book to be mostly a collection of anecdotes showcasing how the author considers the world in light of her upbringing and her chosen faith. While that is an interesting premise, it j [...]

    3. An excellent series of essays from Andrea Myers. She had me rolling and crying in laughter throughout most of the book, but by the end, she had touched me with the sentiment of her stories. I enjoyed getting to know her and her family members and appreciated the insights into her life as a rabbi, a daughter, a sister, and a wife. Like any good teacher, Ms. Myers does an excellent job of mixing her lessons with stories.

    4. A funny, inspiring and fascinating book. I learned a lot about my own religion, but more importantly I enjoyed the rabbi's journey coming out as both a lesbian and then a Jew. This book says so much about values, persistence, family, discrimination, acceptance and more. You'l enjoy it,

    5. Rabbi Myers spoke at our synagogue & had us all in stitches with her funny but also insightful & sometimes poignant stories. I enjoyed the book enormously.

    6. An enjoyable read. Very funny at times, and insightful at times. There were a few chapters in the middle that felt a little draggy to me, but on the whole, a good read.

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