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.
The Debate About Jewish Conversion Abroad
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A conversion in accordance with the process of a denomination is not a guarantee of recognition by another denomination. In some cases, a person may forgo a formal conversion to Judaism and adopt some or all beliefs and practices of Judaism. However, without a formal conversion, many observant Jews will reject a convert's Jewish status. There are some groups that have adopted Jewish customs and practices. For example, in Russia the Subbotniks have adopted most aspects of Judaism without formal conversion to Judaism. In the Hebrew Bible ger is defined as a "foreigner", or "sojourner". The Hebrew ger in post-Biblical times translated as "proselyte" literally means "resident" and refers to a non-Israelite who lived among the Israelite community.
Converting to Judaism: How to Get Started do you not know that the people of Israel at the present time are persecuted and oppressed, despised, harassed.
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Still at the Thinking Stage
Conversion to Judaism means accepting the Jewish faith and becoming part of the Jewish people. Judaism welcomes sincere converts. In fact, Abraham and Sarah, the founders of the Jewish people, were not born Jewish. Throughout the ages, untold numbers of people have converted to Judaism. If you are considering becoming Jewish too, here are some suggestions for you as you explore Judaism a step at a time.