The Rabbinic Conversion Ceremony
The different layers of the rabbinic discussion of conversion reveal the beginnings of a transformation from a citizenship ritual to a theological initiation rite.
The Problem: Token Conversions for Interfaithless Marriages
Assimilation has created a profound disconnect between Jews and their religion that deeply disturbs the author and impels him to experiment with new solutions.
One Solution: A Pluralistic Outreach-Inreach Program
The author proposes that only an active program that combines inreach to "faithless" Jews and outreach to unchurched spiritual seekers can revitalize the Jewish community.
About Conversion to Judaism
Traditionally Judaism has been concerned about a Jew by choice's motives.
Developing a Relationship With the Born-Jewish Family
A convert must step gingerly across a minefield of long-held expectations, sometimes complicated by ambivalence toward Jewishness.
Conversion Requires Identity Transformation
Conversion means life change, but the path to Jewish identity varies widely.
There’s Room for Flexibility
If we are to develop a formula for conversion acceptable to all the Jewish movements, everyone will need to take a step toward the middle.
Developing a Relationship With Israel and the Holocaust
Conversion transforms formerly neutral territory into emotionally fraught real estate.
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.
Peace: Jewish Traditional Sources
The concept of peace is deeply ingrained in the Jewish legal and ethical system.
The God Of Isaac
As Jacob descends to Egypt he calls on the God of Isaac to assure him that this decision is correct.