(This article originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column for the J-weekly Aug. 28, 2020) Dear Dawn: My father is Jewish and my mother is not. I had no religious upbringing at all. Neither of my parents is interested in religion. However, as I get older, I am now in my 30s, I am more…Read More »
Why I want to take my daughter to the mikvah with me when I convert
(This originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column of the J-weekly on 9/26/19) Dear Dawn: I married my Jewish husband a decade ago. We agreed to raise our children as Jews and joined a Reform synagogue when our daughter was born. Through my daughter I have become more and more involved in Judaism and…Read More »
‘I can’t finish my conversion because of Covid’
(This first appeared in my Mixed and Matched column in the J-weekly) Dear Dawn: After I formally prepared for more than a year, my beit din and mikvah were going to be scheduled for this spring. Now they are postponed because of the shutdown. I’m grateful for many things, and I continue to study. At the…Read More »
Why is it so Hard to Get an Orthodox Conversion?
I received the following letter and answered it in my column because it is such a common question. The J weekly gave it a different headline; one that didn’t really speak to the question. Individuals seeking a Jewish conversion often believe that they want an Orthodox conversion, but seldom know what that really means. …Read More »
Can I Convert a Second Time?
(The headline given to this article online at J weekly in my Mixed and Matched column was written by someone who did not convert to Judaism. They meant well, but missed the point of the letter. This is not about changing shuls; it’s about changing one’s identity. Please forgive the confusion.) Dear Dawn: I am single…Read More »
Mysteries of the Mikvah
Ever wondered what a mikvah looks like up close and personal? You’re not alone. Every time I offer this class I get lots of Jews who grew up Jewish but never saw a mikvah. I’ve come to see this gathering as a community service! Mysteries of the Mikvah With Rabbi Gershon Albert When people…Read More »