Articles By Anita Diamant

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    Anita Diamant

    Anita Diamant is a writer. Her books include Choosing a Jewish Life, The New Jewish Wedding, Saying Kaddish, and The Red Tent, a novel. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.


    • MJL Author Article 10

      The Covenant of Circumcision

      Male converts to Judaism are traditionally required to undergo circumcision or, if already circumcised, a ritual removal of a single drop of blood.

    • MJL Author Article 11

      Social Action Aspects of Death and Mourning

      Giving charity, time, and effort is a traditional and significant way of honoring the memory of one who has died.

    • MJL Author Article 12

      Development and History of Kaddish

      The Kaddish originated as an expression of praise to God following a learned discourse.

    • MJL Author Article 13

      Telling Parents About Conversion

      Plenty of empathy and emotional support can help most parents to understand and ultimately accept their child's decision to convert.

    • MJL Author Article 14

      The Shroud

      Simple white shrouds democratize death and protect the poor from embarrassment.

    • MJL Author Article 15

      Preparing for the Mikveh

      Plan ahead to enhance the spirituality of the immersion experience; a mikveh or mikvah, a ritual bath, tends more toward the functional than the spiritual.

    • MJL Author Article 16

      Mourning Non-Jewish Loved Ones

      "Can a Convert Say Kaddish?" and Other Questions

    • MJL Author Article 17

      Shiva Customs

      During shiva the entire physical environment of the mourner is transformed to acknowledge the immediacy of death.


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