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Converts and Controversies -- Becoming an American Jew


Abstract Conversion to Judaism has a long history, and changes in Jewish law for converts over the centuries have reflected changes in the relationship between the Jewish community and the larger societies within which Jews have lived. As American Jews now live in the most open society they have encountered, a split is developing between Orthodox and liberal Jewish rabbinic authorities in how they deal with potential converts. This split is evident in books written to advice potential converts and in conversion narratives by people who have converted to Judaism. For this project over 30 people who were in the process of converting to Judaism were interviewed. Their stories reflect the ways in which liberal Judaism has been affected by American ideal... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Cohen, Mariam (Author) / Gereboff, Joel (Advisor) / Woodward, Mark (Committee member) / Cohen, Adam (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Conversion / Judaism / Religious conversion
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 300 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2013
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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