Real Conversion - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gila
    • 13.07.10 | 16:33 (IDT)

    With respect to Galia Sadan and all those who find an orthodox conversion too difficult, genuine conversion is not about choosing what you want to keep and throwing away what you don't from an inclusive basket of Judaism. It is a solid commitment to observe the Laws of the Torah given by G-d at Sinai. These include keeping Shabbat, Kashrut and Family Purity. If you don't want to keep them, don't convert. Remain a righteous gentile. You can still worship at a synagogue of your choice and keep as much or as little of Judaism as you wish with the exception of a complete observance of Shabbat. True conversion is a soul changing experience of fundamental proportions. At the mikvah, usually reached after much suffering, you really do receive a new higher soul. Part of that process is acceptance by the convert of all the mitzvot and the convert's acceptance by three shomer shabbat Jewish men. There is a very real spirituality involved and a real commitment to Hashem Himself, which is not to be undertaken lightly. It is not about personal feelings, concentrating on what you personally want and choosing what bits of Judaism you want to keep and what you don't. It is all about Hashem and accepting His will. Completely. The real reason to convert, properly and totally, is that you truly find that you simply HAVE to be Jewish, no matter what. The orthodox way may today unfortunately be riddled with politics, unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles and inter-rabbinical arguments, and the process does need to be made more pure, honest and humanly sensitive, but it must always be according to halacha for the true soul change - given by Hashem Himself - to that of a Jew to be made.

    from the article: Reform rabbi: Israel's pluralism threatened by new conversion law
    First published 00:55 13.07.10 | Last updated 00:55 13.07.10
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