How Long Does Conversion to Judaism Take?

800px-RoyLindmanDavidsStarAriAshkenaziSynagogue

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...]

Spiritual Baggage, plus Advice for Visiting Synagogues

Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. (1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb)

Spiritual baggage. We all have it, whether we’ve stayed in our birth religion or if we’ve left it like a bad ex. Like relationship baggage, it tints all new spiritual experiences. We can’t help but compare new experiences, rituals, and beliefs to old ones. It’s a part of how we think, really. We relate one idea to another, and then form new ideas. Christianity, especially the more fundamental or conservative branches, seems to cause some hefty spiritual baggage for individuals, at … [Read more...]


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