Conversion: Considering a New Paradigm

By Rami Shapiro

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), 1986

The author presents a new paradigm for conversion to Judaism, based on his experiences counseling converts, and on the teachings of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. His paradigm rejects the notion of a process of learning that proceeds conversion, preferring an immediate acceptance and declaration of Jewish identity, followed by a commitment to live Jewishly for one year in order to try it out. Judaism has nothing to fear from insincere converts, the author argues, and much to gain from an open approach.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Conversion, Reconstructionist Judaism, Rabbinic Counseling

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Volume/Issue: vol.51/no.8

Page Number(s): 13-17

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

Bibliographic Information:
Shapiro, Rami. Conversion: Considering a New Paradigm. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). 1986: 13-17.


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