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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)

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Charged Rabbi Faces New Accusations

Allegedly directed boys into a mikvah

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Question of Faith

In Medellín, Jewish converts try to leave the Inquisition, and Colombia’s civil war, behind

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Question of Faith

Photos: In Medellín, Colombia, Jewish converts trace their heritage to the Spanish Inquisition

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Today on Tablet

The convert’s inconvenient zeal, and more

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Intermarried: My Husband, a Convert, Is More Observant Than I Am

When he became a Jew, I suddenly had new rules to follow—ones I thought I’d done away with years earlier

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Today on Tablet

Jerusalem, forever anything? and more

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On Shavuot, Finding Myself at Sinai. Again.

A convert to Judaism discusses why the sleepless, all-night study sessions make this her favorite holiday

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Sundown: Obama and Abbas Have a Chat

Plus a Jewish ‘Jersey Shore,’ and more

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The Unwelcome Mat

Today’s rabbinic culture is closing the door to converts, and ignoring its own history in the process

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Prodigal Son

A look at Guma Aguiar, who with his uncle bankrolled a New York rabbi trying to control the standards for conversion to Judaism

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Today on Tablet

The Tropper sex scandal, from a woman’s side

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Converted

When Shannon Orand asked Rabbi Leib Tropper to help her study to become a Jew, he asked for sexual favors in return, she says

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