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Strangers to the Tribe: Portraits of Interfaith Marriage (英語) ハードカバー – 1997/9


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  • ハードカバー: 265ページ
  • 出版社: Houghton Mifflin (T) (1997/09)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0395727766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395727768
  • 発売日: 1997/09
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 3.8 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
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16 人中、15人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Tacha meshugana - A Melodramatic Comedy 2000/7/26
投稿者 S. A. Mears - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー Amazonで購入
I bought this book to read more about the subject of interfaith marriage. But I couldn't get into it. The writing style is overly dramatic and needlessly breathless. My fiance, a Shammas/Gabbai (I'm a nice Irish Catholic girl) started reading it and laughs so hard he loses his breath.
Perhaps it is that we have been friends for 25 years, before admitting that we were more, but the people described in this book need to get a life! Each relationship has a pattern of great angst and followed by silliness beyond compare.
I also felt that this book was patronizing at best to the Christian partner in the relationship. My fiance and I celebrate each other's deep faith, attend mass and synagogue together, and are comfortable with each other's past, our shared present and our hoped for future. It also needless blames the parents in the relationships. We are, and have been supported, by loving parents who want our happiness first.
I would not recommend this book to other interfaith couples and had I read it 25 years ago when we first met, I wonder whether we would ever have become friends, not to mention more.
Joe - Each night when I read parts of this book, and I use the term "book" loosely, it gives the love of my life, who knows more Yiddish than most born Jews, a headache. Sir Edward Coke, Lord Chief Justice of King's Bench and later a member of parliament once wrote " Every person skilled in his art or profession is to be believed." (Coke on Littleton, 125a (1628)). Such, in my professional opinion,is not the case herein.
As an interfaith couple involved in a 25 year relationship, posited upon friendship and mutual respect, we found this book most unhelpful and intellectually insulting.
10 人中、9人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
One-sided, Yet Compelling Portrait 2000/4/13
投稿者 M. Harris - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
On my on going search for an balanced book on interfaith marriage, this was a disappointment. But if you're looking for a book on how to successfully convert to judaism, this book is for you. It is well written, and interesting, but as the characters continue to scroll by, you notice the uncanny similarity. Each couple is undecided about the religion they want their families to relate to, and consequently each couple decides either to convert to Judaism, or break up. Again, this book is a good read, but if you are looking for portrayals from all sides of the issue, look elsewhere.
10 人中、8人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Fascinating stories, but biased selections 2001/2/13
投稿者 カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
This book should be enjoyable reading to anyone with an interest in the subject of interfaith marriage. The storytelling approach -- focusing exclusively on individual couples' personal and family stories -- is both its strength and its weakness. It makes for interesting reading, as one meets and learns about each of the couples, their Jewish and Christian family backgrounds, the difficulties they have faced, and the choices they have made. However, the selection of couples and subject matter is biased and limited. As a child of Holocaust survivors choosing to raise my children in the Methodist faith in which my wife was raised, I kept waiting in vain to read of other couples who chose to actively practice Christianity (not just baptism, christmas trees and easter eggs). Ms. Glaser basically focused only on couples who chose Judaism or some very watered-down compromise. She also completely avoided the big faith issues: who was Jesus? does Christianity offer salvation not available through Judaism? can a Jew accept Christ, yet remain a Jew? how can intermarried partners choose to focus on the substantial theological and historical common ground between Judaism and Christianity, not the theological, cultural and historical differences? Notwithstanding these drawbacks, I found it well-written and well worth reading.
8 人中、5人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
A powerful, beautifully written exploration of intermarriage 1999/5/21
投稿者 Review Central - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
I bought "Strangers to the Tribe" to give as a gift, but after a quick peek, couldn't put it down. I quickly cast aside the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Katharine Graham that I was reading, in favor of Gabrielle Glaser's elegant and purposeful prose. I was riveted by the characters she chose and their personal stories. Glaser's sense of detail is rich, and as she tells story after story of intermarriage, she is balanced, insightful and sheds new light on just what role religion plays in our uniquely American culture, a juggling act between the rational value of freedom of choice that we all possess, and the more emotional aspects of genealogy, historical memory, and destiny.
I was particularly touched by Glaser's own sweet story of re-embracing Judaism. After many decades of intermarriage in her family, Glaser marries a Jew, and formally becomes a Jew, a heritage which she shares with her children. As a Jew myself, whose extended family has been wrought by intermarriage, a smile came to my face. I like to think of it as a kind of Jewish karma. But Glaser's story is not a blueprint for how it should be. It happens to be her story. When it comes to the others, she's pure journalist.
"Strangers" is a great book for anyone, in any religion, about to embark on a journey of religious self-exploration, and should be required reading for anyone whose loved one marries or chooses to become a member of another religion. Filled with historical, sociological and religious fact, the reader will learn a lot, but perhaps more importantly, be imbued with a sense of humanity.
7 人中、4人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
a great and insightful read 2000/2/29
投稿者 カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
This book was given to me as a present, and reading it was a real treat. Everyone knows choosing a lifelong mate is a complex, sometimes difficult process with grim testament to failure...a divorce rate of fifty percent. Further complicate things by narrowing the focus to Jews who choose to marry out of their faith in a time when the rate of intermarriage has cast panic into the Jewish community's elders. According to Glaser, The National Jewish Population Survey in 1990 found that 52 percent of Jews who married since 1985 had chosen a Gentile mate. Of these marriages, only 28 percent were raising their children as Jews. With the "Silent Holocaust" as background specter, intermarriage in the Jewish community is the subject of Strangers to the Tribe.
The author sensitively wades into this emotionally charged subject with compassion and great journalistic skill. The book opens with Glaser's personal story, discovering her Jewish roots while on assignment in Poland during the fall of communism and the eruption of nationalism. This experience set the process in motion of her own conversion to Judaism, a journey that took amongst other things, four years and the writing of this book to complete.
No matter what religion a person ascribes to, in marriage one looks to their parents for examples, what they did right, what they did wrong. When marrying a person radically different than their parents, there is usually trouble, either internally or externally. The ramifications of guilt, anger, ostracism, and loneliness are carefully explored with the eleven couples Glaser interviews. However, along with the negative aspects of intermarriage, this book provides an antidote. The reader learns how each couple blends their own personality and traditions in order to be comfortable with their lives. In the process we discover much about the nature of love, happiness, identity, tradition, and ultimately healthy separateness. All this before tackling the issue of what religion to raise the children!
It is this issue that is the most difficult. I can't help but feel Glaser's sentiment that two religions can be confusing for a child. However, with journalistic skill the author explores this problem and the reader is left to draw their own conclusions about what is best for the children: choosing one faith, raising one child Jewish and another child in a different religion, or giving the children instruction in both religions.
I felt that reading this book gave me a bit of relief. I found solace from Glaser's interviews. Knowing there are other people having the same struggles and discovering how they are coping is a welcome tonic. I encountered sadness, but also sage advise, humor and joy. Most of all, I found beauty in the complex weave of human relationship and thought-provoking insights into the meaning of the word "love."
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