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Israeli Style:  Conversion to Judaism

Provided by Ta Shma, this article gives the reader background on the Jewish sources informing conversion, the process of conversion in Israel, and the controversy that surrounds it. [Full article...]
By: Mordechai Goldberg
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Orthodox Conversion in Israel:  Modern-Day Ruth

Conversion in modern-day Israel is a challenging and life-changing experience. Read on for a personal story. [Full article...]
By: Batsheva Pomerantz
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A Secular-Cultural Perspective:  Jewish Conversion

When one considers conversion in Israel, Orthodox conversion is an accepted fact. This article explores why this may be neither reasonable nor appropriate. [Full article...]
By: Anton Marks
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A quite unorthodox opinion:  The Conversion Debate (I)

Contrary to popular opinion, the Jewish religion did indeed, at certain points in its history, encourage missionary activity, actively seeking to convert non-Jews to the Mosaic faith. Beginning with the wives of the Biblical patriarchs and including the spouse of our most revered prophet, Moses, as well as the mixed multitude that he brought out of Egypt, The Jewish people have always had their ranks increased by gentiles anxious to convert to the Mosaic faith. And, as in the case of the Moabite woman Ruth, many of these religious transformations were the result of romantic entanglements. [Full article...]
By: Raquel Hodara
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A quite unorthodox opinion:  The Conversion Debate (II)

We carry on with this most painful and polemical of themes, one which has always aroused such intense controversy amongst the different streams of Judaism: the willing conversion to Judaism by those gentiles interested in doing so. Directly following the Romans’ destruction of the Second Temple, the Rabbinical authorities of that period exhibited liberal attitudes which conflicted sharply with the rigidity of contemporary Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. [Full article...]
By: Raquel Hodara
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