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Chaim Clorfene’s and Yakov Rogalsky’s
The Path o f the Righteous
Gentile: An Introduction to the Seven Laws o f the Children o f Noah
(Southfield, Michigan: Targum Press, 1987); Aaron Lichtenstein’s
The Seven Laws o f Noah,
Second Edition (New York: Rabbi Jacob
Joseph School Press, 1986); and Rabbi Yoel Schwartz’s
A Light Unto
the Nations,
translated by Mordecai Ben-Aharon and edited by Rab­
bi Yirmeyahu Bindman (Jerusalem: Jerusalem Academy o f Jewish
Studies, 1988).
J o h n D a v id S c a l a m o n t i ’s
Ordained To Be a Jew: A Catholic Priest's Con­
version to Judaism
(Hoboken, N.J.: Ktav, 1992) is, as its subtitle
explains, a memoir of an extended spiritual journey. The book
is very readable and is particularly valuable in its argument to
born Jews to cherish the heritage they were given at birth.
A v r a h am S c h w a r t z b a u m ’s
The Bamboo Cradle: A Jewish Father’s Story
(Jerusalem: Feldheim, 1988) is about an American Jewish profes­
sor who finds a baby girl abandoned in a railroad station in China.
The true story is understandably deeply moving.
A h a r o n S h e a r -Y a s h u v ’s
Religion, Philosophy and Judaism, vol. 1: From
Christianity to Judaism
(Jerusalem: Rubin Mass, 1987). The first vol­
ume o f a projected trilogy in which the author includes a variety
of theological and philosophical writings about his views and back­
ground. The second volume, published in 1992, is currently avail­
able only in German and Hebrew editions.
D e v o r a h W i g o d e r ’s
Hope is My House
(Englewood Cliffs, N.J.;
Prentice-Hall, 1966) is extremely well-written, and filled with fas­
cinating anecdotes and encounters with some leaders o f Jewry
which document their reactions to conversion. The difficulties she
encountered from within the Jewish community are a poignant
reminder o f a once-prevalent and anti-conversionary attitude in
Judaism.
BIOGRAPHICAL WORKS
The biographical materials on converts are much more
sparse. Some of the available books in this group are:
E l e n a C a s s in ’s
San Nicandro: The Story o f a Religious Phenomenon
(Lon­
don: Cohen
8c
West, 1957). This book is about an area in Southern
Italy where Donato Manduzio read the Bible for the first time
and decided to become Jewish. Eventually he convinced about 50
other people in San Nicandro to join him on his religious journey.
Eventually, the group learned from members o f the British army
that Judaism was still being practiced. Amazed, the villagers made
plans to move to Israel. They eventually settled in Ras-el-Ahmar,
an agricultural settlement.