Israel’s Interior Ministry is not allowing a cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to make aliyah, claiming their engagement in the dwindling Jewish community has not been sufficient
A 17th-century ‘holy apostasy’: like Christ’s crucifixion, the fulfillment of a messianic prophecy?
This week on Unorthodox, Miss Hitler 2016, plus writer and ‘domestic first responder’ Christopher Noxon and rock critic Jim Derogatis
Natasha Leggero’s jokes about her conversion to Judaism fell flat on ‘Conan.’ Maybe she just needs a bit of time to settle into the guilt and suffering.
For Lag Ba’Omer, a delicious way to celebrate today’s delicate harmony between Jews and Italians
Jewish converts are often unfairly scrutinized and face intense pressure to obey Orthodox observances. But they should be treated with open arms, just like Ivanka Trump.
Right after World War II, the chief rabbi of Rome scandalized fellow Jews by becoming a Christian
For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.
This week on Unorthodox: bagel etiquette, Bethany Mandel on her Convert Bill of Rights, and writer Rand Cooper’s ‘Jewdar’ query
How a Christmas tree came between my neighbor and me
The actress, folk singer, and new mom reportedly converted for her husband
It’s must-see Israeli TV
The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio
Converting to Judaism didn’t only change how I felt spiritually. It changed how I felt about my body.
The third season of Netflix’s hit series takes on kosher food and conversion
‘I performed Jewish. I lived Jewish. And nobody owns the right to tell me if I am Jewish or not.’
The former porn star is cooking up a kosher storm for her Israeli fiancé
My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe
During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful
How an adopted ritual helped one convert make peace with her unruly mane
I’ve spent years trying to find a costume, from Kurt Cobain to my own cat, that reflects a hidden side of my personality
For a Jewish convert, how much Christmas is too much?
This week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study is NSFW
Plus legitimate and bastard offspring, slaves, and distinctions between Jews, non-Jews, and half-Jews
Talmudic Rabbis regulated not just actions but reputations, and left a legacy we debate and refute to this day
For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever
The actress, whose father was Jewish, has been raising her children Jewish
I said I’d convert to placate my boyfriend. But his family would never disregard the fact that I was Korean.
Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?