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Cutting Family Ties

The cards my Christian paternal grandparents sent me as a child came with small checks—and a hidden agenda

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Jamaica Kincaid Is Still Jewish

The author, publishing a new novel this week, talks about conversion, suffering, and life in Vermont

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My Jewish Dating Problem

I’d given up on finding a Jewish woman to marry—until the woman I fell in love with decided to convert

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Giving Up Christmas as a Convert to Judaism

I don’t feel nostalgic about Christmas—I’ve discovered the magic of Hanukkah

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Poland’s Real Jewish Revival

Their parents and grandparents hid their Jewishness, but now some Poles are converting back to Judaism

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A Convert’s First Simchat Torah

When the holiday turned my synagogue into a chaotic nightclub, I finally felt like part of the Jewish community

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The New American Mikveh

Once a bastion for strictly observant women, Jewish ritual baths are reaching out beyond the Orthodox

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A Convert’s Bible Stories: How a Christian Book Introduced Me to Ruth and David

A well-thumbed book from my Lutheran childhood is now the ideal text for my Shavuot study and reflection

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Mourning My Mother, Finally

For years, I tried to forget my mother’s suicide. Then a yahrzeit notice made me face the past.

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An Outsider in the Woods

At Jews in the Woods, a spiritual retreat for college students, I tried to see how I’d fit in if I converted to Judaism

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Prelude and Fugue

There are men who leave you for another woman, and there are men who leave you for a man. Then there are those who dump you for God.

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A Different Voice

When a woman learns the art of Torah chanting, she realizes she is part of a new religious tradition—as well as a very old, sacred one

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Academic Transfer

In order to understand her identity, an Irish Catholic student at the University of Virginia had to follow her passion: a major in Jewish Studies

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Layman’s Terms

A non-Jew who loves Philip Roth, making challah, and visiting High Holiday services wants to be a Jew, minus the religion

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Memorial Day

Without ritual and prayer, grief for a lost loved one has no place to go. But can a convert to Judaism observe yahrzeit for a non-Jewish parent?

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Anti-Defamation

The Egyptian-born anti-Islamic activist Nonie Darwish, whose life story and outspoken views on Israel and the Arab world make her someone Jews should support, was unfairly tarred in Tablet

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Heretic

Despite the complicated history of Jewish defectors, the Jewish right has embraced Muslim apostates like Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-born Christian convert who voices anti-Islamic rhetoric

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Hall of Mirrors

A new book tells the story of a middle-class Jewish girl from Westchester who changed her name, moved to Pakistan, and became a leading voice of radical Islamism

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Push-Pull

I became a Jew at the age of 39, and I love my new faith. But learning to embrace Jewish food—especially at Passover—was another story.

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Passion

Elizabeth Taylor died today of congestive heart failure. That seems impossible: Whatever misfortunes befell the glamour queen and Jewish convert over the years, there was never a failure of heart.

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Elizabeth Taylor, 79, Dies

Glamour personified, she was also the archetypal convert to Judaism

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Daybreak: Iran Rising

Plus Kerry and Assad’s secret plan for peace, and more in the news

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Mistaken Identity

My mother pretended we weren’t Jewish when we moved to the South—but couldn’t resist kvelling over my book about it

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You Better Recognize the Jewish State

But who is a Jew? A morning with Danny Ayalon

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The Honesty of the Convert

Rabbi Telushkin answers your questions

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On One Foot

A new Nextbook Press biography of Hillel makes clear that the rabbi’s words and thoughts—though millennia old—resonate today

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United State

A recent contretemps in Israel served to underscore the surprising and recent cohesion among the branches of U.S. Judaism

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Into the Jewish People

The rabbi who co-officiated at the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding on his journey to accepting intermarriage

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Kitchen Conversions

Intermarried couples must learn new holiday recipes and traditions

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Will She Convert?

The groom’s family may contain a clue (or not)