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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... Read More →

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