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Masorti Rabbis Perform First Conversions in Lisbon

19 Iyyar 5773 – April 29, 2013
For the first time in the history of the Masorti movement, its rabbis performed conversions to Judaism in Portugal. The two conversions were performed in...

All God’s Children Take a Bath

28 Av 5772 – August 16, 2012
The Roots of Mikvah, Baptisim and Ghusul are the Same.

Neighborly Chesed: Above And Beyond

1 Tammuz 5772 – June 20, 2012
My husband and I are living in our house for over 30 years. We have wonderful neighbors on both sides. The one on the right, a non-frum Jewish couple, lived in their house longer than we’ve resided in ours. We always got along very well with them, as they are unusually kind, friendly and helpful people.

Report: Orthodox Conversions in Israel Down 31%

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
Orthodox conversions in Israel are down by 31 percent over the past two years, according to a new report. “Both demographic changes and bureaucratic hurdles...

From `Sin’ [China] to Sinai

27 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
This is not my story at all. But when I heard it from Avigayil Madmoni, formerly Gin Lin Lug, a Chinese convert, I gained a new view of what Torah means to me. I know for sure, as anyone who has ever met this very charming, sincere, lovable young woman will agree with me, that Avigayil is my sister like any other Jew and that she surely stood at Har Sinai -- together with my ancestors and the souls of their descendants, namely me and all the Jews alive today, and who have ever lived, since the giving of the Torah.

From Feet To Amot: A New Jewish Units App

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
During my yearly visits to Australia to visit my wife’s family, I must endure the brutal calculations involved in switching from the imperfect Imperial system to the maligned-by-Americans (but clearly more efficient) Metric system. Pounds become kilos, Fahrenheit becomes Celsius, and feet become meters. Calculations are involved every day – and I don’t have a mind for numbers.

Why A Jew?

16 Iyyar 5772 – May 8, 2012
The secularists and atheists in my life don’t know enough about Judaism to know how big of deal this is, so they tend to look at my journey as a mildly exotic lifestyle choice – like a phase Madonna might go through – before they focus on the real issue at hand: circumcision.

Conversions – The Supreme Court Decides?

7 Iyyar 5772 – April 29, 2012
Emes v'Emuna Blog: One of the sadder chapters to be written about the State of Israel will be what is happening with regard to conversions.

Closing Our Eyes To The New Haman (Part II)

14 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
Last week I described some prophecies concerning the wakeup calls that would come to our people when the arrival of Mashiach was near. Unfortunately, we have yet to attune ourselves to the sound of those footsteps.

Oliver Stone’s Son Becomes a Muslim? Could be worse…

26 Shevat 5772 – February 18, 2012
Cat Stevens he ain't, which may be the reason why the conversion to Islam of "JFK" maker's son has not been causing much of a splash. Also – the dude is all pleasant and non-aggressive about it, despite the potential for provocation in his choice of location – Iran.

Opposition To Conversion Bill Is Hypocritical – And Hurts Israel

7 Tishri 5771 – September 15, 2010
I find quite puzzling the vehement opposition of the American Conservative and Reform movements and Jewish Federations of North America to the conversion bill proposed by Knesset member David Rotem.

‘Pretty Worth It In The End’: An Interview With Dominican-American Convert Aliza Hausman

9 Nisan 5770 – March 24, 2010
Have you read the blog Jewminicana? If you have, you are already familiar with Aliza Hausman, a recently converted Dominican-American blogger. She blogs about her childhood, upbringing, conversion, and a wide range of other topics. She and her husband, a semichah student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, also speak about life as a religious interracial couple.

Mumbai Doctor, Wife Complete Conversion In Israel On Holtzberg Yahrzeit

8 Kislev 5770 – November 25, 2009
JERUSALEM - An Indian couple completed their halachic conversion and remarried in a Jewish ceremony at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron last week, on the first anniversary of the murder of their friends and spiritual guides, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg.

‘You Can’t Allow The Nation To Be Divided’ – An Interview With Chief Rabbi...

15 Av 5769 – August 5, 2009
The Jewish Press spoke last week with Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi since 2003, on the contentious issue of conversion to Judaism.

The Truth About RCA Geirus

5 Adar II 5768 – March 12, 2008
There is a sign hanging in my office that should be standard in the office of every rabbi, communal leader, worker for Klal Yisrael or activist of any sort.

From Quaker to Shaker to Orthodox Jew

13 Tishri 5768 – September 25, 2007
Throughout history there have been gentiles who decided the only way for them to come close to God was to convert to Judaism.

Title: Getting Our Groove Back – How to Energize American Jewry

1 Elul 5767 – August 15, 2007
Author: Scott Shay Publisher: Devora Publishing

The Cantonists: The Jewish Children's Army

8 Elul 5764 – August 25, 2004
On August 26, 1827, Tsar Nicholas I published the Recruitment Decree calling for conscription of Jewish boys between the ages of twelve and twenty-five.

Q & A: A Mohel’s Dilemma

1 Tammuz 5761 – June 22, 2001
QUESTION: May a mohel perform a bris for a non-Orthodox couple who adopt a Gentile infant whom they wish to raise as Jewish?No name pleaseLos Angeles, CA

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