Saturday, June 9, 2012
בני אברהם אהוביך - Geirim in Chassidic Thought
Review: [For Two Cents Plain] Dov ben Avraham has written a book that is truly a "first," in any language. With this readable, well-organized volume, he has presented a wide range of Chassidic teachings related to converts to Judaism and the conversion process, accompanied by his own insightful explanations of kabbalistic ideas. His work was reviewed by many prominent rabbis, whose letters of approbation appear at the beginning of the book. Plus there are essays relevant to the subject by others, including several well-known Breslov teachers. This should be of great interest to anyone interested in this subject, particularly since much of this material is hard-to-find. It also shows another side of the usually insular Chassidic world: its strong affirmation of those who are "Jewish by choice." For all this, the author deserves our gratitude.