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The Trials of David Ben Moshe

He’s a convert to Orthodox Judaism, married to an Israeli woman, and wants nothing more than to become a citizen of Israel—so why has Israel’s government kept him stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare?

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The Brilliant French Catholic Literary Critic Who Revealed My Judaism

Campus Week: An important new biography of the late René Girard takes one academic back to the origins of his astonishment

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Keeping the Faith

Ep. 147: A Franciscan sister’s first Shabbat dinner; Unorthodox marriage counseling; and a Christian scholar among Jews

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Ask Unorthodox: I’m a Catholic-Raised Atheist Who Feels Deeply Jewish. Should I convert? Would I Be Accepted?

After years spent pining for some yiddishkeit, one woman contemplates a big decision

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The Catholic Priest Who Became an Orthodox Jew

Before modern conversion was widespread, Abraham Carmel, a former Anglican turned Catholic, dove into Judaism with a desire to teach its tenets, a disdain for liberalism, and a willingness to criticize the leadership that resisted his entry into the faith

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The Conversion Episode

Ep. 136: In honor of Shavuot, stories from people around the globe who have chosen to be Jewish

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My Conversion Conundrum

When a friend questioned my journey, I started thinking about just what the process of becoming Jewish means

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Lost and Found

How I lost my Mormonism and came to embrace the Jewish way

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Dear Unorthodox

Ep. 118: Our hosts respond to listener questions on everything from tin foil to conversion homework

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Denise Levertov’s Poetic Gifts and Her Hidden Inheritance from Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi

On the 20th anniversary of her death: How the influential Jewish apostate to Christianity and self-described ‘Hebrew-Christian’ Paul Philip Levertoff influenced the art and activism of his daughter

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As the Fiancé of a Soon-to-Be Convert, Going Back to Basics

As I attend a weekly Introduction to Judaism class with my fiancé, I’m reminded of all the little things I love—and completely forgot—about my faith

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Choosing to be Jewish—and How

Being supportive of my fiancé’s conversion means letting him decide the role he wants Judaism to play in his life

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Elisheva Bikhovsky, One of the Greatest Poets in the Modern Hebrew Language, Wasn’t Jewish

A casualty of a naïve belief in Israel’s potential to adopt a secular Hebrew culture beyond Judaism’s defining religious difference, the Russian-born writer was also revived as a feminist icon in the 1970s

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This Rosh Hashanah, Welcoming My Fiance Into Judaism

Ian’s decision to convert reminded me of how meaningful Judaism truly is to me

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My Super Sweet Bar Mitzvah

Episode 89: ‘Latter Day Jew’ H. Alan Scott on growing up Mormon, coming out, battling cancer, converting to Judaism at 31, and planning for his big day

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Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

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 

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Sabbatai Sevi’s Conversion to Islam

A 17th-century ‘holy apostasy’: like Christ’s crucifixion, the fulfillment of a messianic prophecy?

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Rock ’N’ Roll All Night

This week on Unorthodox, Miss Hitler 2016, plus writer and ‘domestic first responder’ Christopher Noxon and rock critic Jim Derogatis

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Converting for the Jokes

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.

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A Frittata That’s Fit for a Picnic

For Lag Ba’Omer, a delicious way to celebrate today’s delicate harmony between Jews and Italians

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Ivanka Trump and Double Standards for Jewish Converts

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.

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The Apostasy of Rabbi Zolli

Right after World War II, the chief rabbi of Rome scandalized fellow Jews by becoming a Christian

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For Jewish Converts, It’s Never Too Late for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.

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Codes of Conduct

This week on Unorthodox: bagel etiquette, Bethany Mandel on her Convert Bill of Rights, and writer Rand Cooper’s ‘Jewdar’ query

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Being Jew-ish

How a Christmas tree came between my neighbor and me

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Indie Darling Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

The actress, folk singer, and new mom reportedly converted for her husband

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Jorma Kaukonen Finds Somebody To Love

The former Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Hot Tuna lead man comes home to his mother’s faith at his Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio

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Baring Myself in the Mikveh

Converting to Judaism didn’t only change how I felt spiritually. It changed how I felt about my body.

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Hava Nagila! Jewish Themes Abound in ‘Orange Is the New Black’

The third season of Netflix’s hit series takes on kosher food and conversion

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