Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends by Anita DiamantMarried to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, a Hebrew name; how to handle the difficulty of putting aside Christmas; what happens at the mikvah (ritual bath) or at a hatafat dam brit (circumcision ritual for those already circumcised); how to find your footing in a new spiritual family that is not always well prepared to receive you; and how not to lose your bonds to your family of origin. Diamant anticipates all the questions, doubts, and concerns, and provides a comprehensive explanation of the rules and rituals of conversion.
Lapid Judaism - The History and Vision
Conversion to Judaism
The Jewish view of conversion has a long and complicated history. The following articles give overviews of Jewish views on conversion during sections of this history. Overview Articles. Angel, Marc Dwight. Conversion to Judaism : Halakha, Hashkafa, and historic challenge.
This article lists nations, groups or tribes, as well as notable individuals, who have converted to Judaism. This article does not differentiate between the different branches of Judaism. See also Who is a Jew? Note that a number of prominent figures, such as Madonna , Demi Moore , and Ariana Grande have recently become followers of a "new age" version of Kabbalah , derived from the body of Jewish mystical teaching also called Kabbalah, but do not consider themselves — and are not considered — Jewish. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Interviewing a Muslim Who Is Converting To Judaism
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. This article is a look at the basics of converting to Judaism and what it means for the person who is converting. Converting to Judaism is not easy. It involves many lifestyle changes and about a year of studying. Becoming a Jew is not just a religious change: the convert not only accepts the Jewish faith, but becomes a member of the Jewish People and embraces Jewish culture and history.
Recent attempts by Haredi parties to solidify their monopoly over conversions and to be the sole determiners of Jewish identity are part of a long and complicated history of conversion law in Israel. Read about the major developments here:. Jewish status and recognition of Jewish identity become issues of national importance. Still, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel initially requires a pro forma conversion to remove doubts about their status. It proposes a conversion institute run jointly by members of the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements. Teachers would come from all three streams, but the actual conversion would occur in Orthodox courts. The Chief Rabbinate refuses to participate in this work or to meet with its members lest it grant recognition to Reform and Conservative Judaism.