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Why Shavuot Is Jewish Mother-in-Law’s Day

A convert to Judaism reflects on the Jewish woman who embraced her, and honors her with a holiday recipe

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Guarding the Dead

During my first shift sitting shmira with a body awaiting burial, I felt sad, guilty, anxious—and grateful

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The Thin Red-and-Green Line

For a Jewish convert, how much Christmas is too much?

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Beyond Cheesecake and Blintzes: A Shavuot Recipe With Meaning

The holiday is significant for me as a convert, so I created a fish dish that blends my Italian heritage with my Jewish identity

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‘Go Down, Moses’: Engaging With My Complex Musical Heritage at Passover

As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a Jew

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A Dip in the Mikveh, Nearly Derailed by Fake Eyelashes, Was Vital to My Conversion

The whole idea of a ritual bath seemed foreign and too religious. But now it’s a warm reminder of the moment I became a Jew.

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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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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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Kenyan Branch

In a Kenyan village 100 miles north of Nairobi, a small group of homesteaders and subsistence farmers have adopted Judaism as their faith

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Elizabeth Taylor, 79, Dies

Glamour personified, she was also the archetypal convert to Judaism

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Kitchen Conversions

Intermarried couples must learn new holiday recipes and traditions