Being a bit more like Thumper…

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A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about "being like Thumper".You know,"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."I've been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I've been thinking about the posts I've written. I've been honest, but I haven't always been kind. Is it really harmful to say the truth? I mean, is it so bad? Surely telling the truth, even if unkind, isn't a bad thing? Isn't honesty a … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism

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I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs.The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country.The Interview Questions:1) What w … [Read more...]

Hey Convert – I want to Speak with You

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I am strongly interested in why people choose the faiths that they choose. Why do some stay with their birth faith, while others leave it? Why do some choose no faith at all (not necessarily atheism or agnosticism, but nothing), while others convert?These are the questions that I want to answer.So far, I have scheduled two interviews for this blog. One converted from one branch of Christianity to another, and the other went from fundamentalist/Evangelical Christianity to Atheism.If … [Read more...]

Community – What Online Conversion Lacks

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There seems to be a proliferation of "convert to Judaism" online websites lately. I'm not sure why this is, although it does seem fueled by demand. Judaism is attractive to a lot of people and the internet helps would-be converts find resources and Rabbis. It's a cool thing, really. That should say a lot about the power of Judaism to bring people to the faith without actually proselytizing.Here are just some sites where you can convert online, at least up to the Beit Din and Mikveh … [Read more...]

It’s Not Over Yet

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This is the second time I've attempted to write about the topic of Christian proselytization efforts toward the Jewish people. When I originally wrote this post, I was angry and annoyed and full of unnecessary snark. I really want to say, "Look! This isn't right!", but I was going about it the wrong way.So here I am, writing this post. Again. Except that today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this topic fits right in.I originally conceived of this post when the big … [Read more...]

Questions, Please!

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What questions would you ask someone who is leaving Christianity for another faith?Here are some I've gotten:1) WHY? 2) What did your parents think/say/do? 3) How long does it take to convert to Judaism? 4) Are you allowed to have short hair/color your hair as a Jew? 5) From a friend, "What do you see as the point of religion? Is there justification within Judaism? What are you striving for? Is the goal to gain Heaven? Is there understanding that your own sinfulness requires … [Read more...]

The Things You’d Never Have Told Ruth

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Nearly everyone who has read the Bible has heard of the story of Ruth. It's a lovely story, and has a good narrative. Ruth's story is both a romance and the epitome of the convert's story. The story goes like this:Naomi has a husband and two sons. They move out of Israel for better economic conditions.Her sons marry non-Jewish women.Her sons and her husband all pass away. The sons and their new wives don't yet have children.Naomi decides to return home to Israel. She tells both … [Read more...]


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