Hey Convert – I want to Speak with You

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

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...]

The Things You’d Never Have Told Ruth

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...]

Shabbat with the Kiddos

I posted before about wanting to do Shabbat more often¬†and have been more-or-less successful at doing that, especially for the past few weeks. My older children seem to enjoy it, despite it being foreign to them. I'm suprised at how easily they have embraced Shabbat traditions. It's been harder for me to get in the routine than for them, really. But they love it - special plates and a special dinner, lots of bread, usually some desserts, lighting the candles and praying over the wine (or grape … [Read more...]

One “Convert’s” Story – Christian Pastor to Jewish Rabbi

I really enjoyed this youtube video. The speaker accurately describes the slow process from one point to another that conversion involves. It's a process that changes the mind, heart, and soul. What happens is that small truths are unveiled, one by one, until the old faith is no longer home. For me, is started with questioning when I was young. Logically, some things didn't add up. And in practice, things didn't add up. My heart was also elsewhere.It has taken a decade of very slow learning … [Read more...]

How Long Does Conversion to Judaism Take?

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RoyLindmanDavidsStarAriAshkenaziSynagogue.jpg 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...]

Five Ways to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Image sourced from thisreidwrites 2013 is a pretty special year when it comes to kicking off the winter sprint of American holidays, because this year Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah occur on the same day. It's being dubbed everything from "Thanksgivingukkah" to "Thanksgivukkah". I prefer the latter, but I've seen it all.ThanksgivingThanksgiving is annually celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November. Its status as a national holiday did not occur until … [Read more...]


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