Conversion Conversations: Antisemitism and the Conversion Process

One of the absolutely most terrifying first steps to take as a prospective convert is to contact a Rabbi. To me it was worse than cold calling, because unlike potential clients, there aren't thousands of other rabbis in your area. In my current living situation, there is only one synagogue in my local area (< 1 hr) and they don't even have a rabbi. In Indianapolis, there were just a handful of non-Messianic congregations in my city.So one thing you will definitely hear at some when you … [Read more...]

Conversion Conversation: Knowledge to Cram into your Noggin

Question: As a prospective convert, what knowledge do I need to know in order to convert to Judaism, at least as far as knowledge goes?My lay person answer: How much do you need to know at a bare minimum in order to have the knowledge side of conversion down depends on your chosen branch of Judaism and your desire to learn. That's a vague answer, but it's true. My reform Rabbi encouraged my desire for deep knowledge. Orthodox branches will have long knowledge requirements as well.If … [Read more...]

Why Do People Convert…to anything?

 "Why do you want to convert?"I sit at the table across from my mother-in-law, her face revealing a lively eagerness in what she thought would be my answer. She had things to say in response, and awaited my answer with visible excitement. Surely I had an answer she could refute! I responded that I was still in the process and that it was something I'd always longed to do. In turn, she joyfully expounded the virtues of the messianic principles found in Genesis as if they were self-evident. I q … [Read more...]

Community – What Online Conversion Lacks

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...]

How Long Does Conversion to Judaism Take?

Image source: One question I get asked frequently is, "How long does it take to convert to Judaism?"Lately, the conversation has gone something like this: Them: You converted to Judaism, right?Me: Actually, I'm still in the process.Them: Really? How long does that take?Me: As long as it takes.Them: *blink*Me: Um...somewhere around a year or two. Or until I'm ready.... That … [Read more...]