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Choosing Judaism

Choosing Judaism

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Summer 5766/2006
 JEWISH ACTION11
T
oday in Israel, there are voices in society demanding that
 geirut 
(conversion) be viewed as a tool for social integration. Thisis most unfortunate since
 geirut 
is a serious religiousact. Indeed,
Chazal 
describe the
 ger 
(convert) as a newborn, leaving his former self behind. A most diffi-cult transformation indeed! We have previously had occasion to discuss thetechnical requirements of 
 geirut 
(winter 2003).In thepages ahead, we present the life stories of convertsfrom different nationalities, cultures and backrounds who found their spiritual home in Judaism. We hopethat the lives of these extraordinary individuals, all of  whom demonstrate the true meaning of genuine
 geirut 
, will serve as a profound source of inspirationto all of our readers.
CHOOSINGISM
TheJewish World
 
12JEWISH ACTION
Summer 5766/2006
B
 Y 
 Y 
ITTA 
H
 ALBERSTAM
It’s said that the “truth will set you free,”but when an intrepid Israeli reporter brow-beat Dr. Daniel Brown* into going publicfive years ago, the aftermath was traumatic.“I had always been open about my identity  with both my family and friends,” he recalls,“and no one had ever been less than sup-portive and warm. But this particular Israelinewspaper misrepresented its agenda to me.I didnt know that it intended to publicize orsensationalize my interview the way it ulti-mately did. The story was printed in the weekend edition of the paper, and all day long on Thursday and
erev Shabbat 
radiocommercials continually blasted every fif-teen minutes:
Hitler’s nephew’s grandson— right here in Israel—and a Jew! 
The reper-cussions left my family shaken.”
 
Summer 5766/2006
 JEWISH ACTION13
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