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Saturday, February 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: What Does Conversion to Judaism Really Represent?

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What is a person pledging when s/he converts to Judaism? How is it possible that even among Orthodox authorities, all of whom base their rulings on the same texts, debates rage about what makes a conversion valid? The reason, we’ll see, is that in ruling on conversion, rabbis are actually defining not only “WHO is a Jew?” but “WHAT is a Jew?” We’ll look at several Orthodox responsa to see that even Orthodox authorities disagree about the fundamental question: what does it mean to be a Jew?

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Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Princeton concourse level