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December 30, 2009
You love Judaism, or you love Jews, or one specific Jewish person. You are thinking about becoming a Jew. There's just one problem. It's really hard to convert to Judaism. It's not a proselytizing religion. Jews did seek converts at one time, in late antiquity, but for historical reasons (mainly because the Romans made it illegal!) Jews decided not to try to recruit converts. You never get Jews going door to door trying to get non-Jews to be Jewish.
At InterfaithFamily.com we aren't an exception to this--we're not trying to ring your virtual doorbell. Though we welcome your interest, InterfaithFamily.com is not about trying to convert people to Judaism. We don't secretly hope you'll become Jewish if you aren't--in other words, no pressure. This guide is just to answer questions people have had for us, or that we think you might have. These are our answers, based on our reading, but conversion is a very complicated topic, and we direct you to additional resources, so you can get a lot of opinions on some of the more contentious questions.