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At InterfaithFamily.com we've often been accused of being against non-Jewish partners converting. But it's not that we're against conversion, we're just against it when it's for the wrong reasons. Judaism has much to offer the potential convert, but abandoning the faith tradition of your parents and adopting a new set of beliefs and rituals is a profound personal choice. It shouldn't be made out of a desire to please somebody's parents or to assuage somebody's guilt. In the new issue of our Web Magazine on conversion, we hear from those who have--and those who haven't--decided to convert.
After nine years as a Jew-by-choice, Gina Hagler still has trouble with Those Hard-to-Grasp Nuances of Judaism. "You can spot me right away," she says. "I'm the one blurting out, 'Congratulations!,' when everyone around me is yelling, 'Mazel tov!'"
Does raising your kids Jewish mean you have to be Jewish too, wonders Kim Tornberg, in Why I Am Not Converting.
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For more on conversion, see our Conversion Resource Page , with links to relevant articles, discussion boards, issues of the Web Magazine and more!
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On the IFF Network Blog, we reflected on a controversial proposal that the Jewish community encourage single women in their 30s and 40s to interdate and the ongoing Noah Feldman controversy .
Our next issue, on Parenting, will be published on Aug. 28.
Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor
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