Wade in the Water at Mayyim Hayyim

Well, I went to the water one day to pray. And my soul got happy and I stayed all day. [Don’t you know that God’s gonna trouble the water!] – “Wade in the Water” Mary Mary As a Jewish woman who feels deeply rooted in her African- and Native-American family’s heritage, the famous Negro spiritual […]

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The New Mikvah for The New Inter-Faith Wedding; Spiritual Readiness in the Modern World

In many religious communities, it is customary for men and women to spiritually ready themselves before they walk down the aisle. A traditional observance of Orthodox Jews is to take a bath, or immerse themselves into a sacred pool known as a mikveh. For those more familiar with Christian metaphors, it would be like getting […]

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God Was Not in the Fire: Getting Over the Intermarriage "Debate"

I confess that I was disappointed by the mikveh. I did not expect to emerge from the waters with fully grown peyot and spouting Yiddish. Nor was I unhappy with the aura of the mikveh, quiet and peaceful, reminiscent of the womb of which it is symbolic. Rather, I was unprepared for the mundanity of […]

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If the Book of Ruth Were Written Today

If the Book of Ruth, text customarily studied on Shavuot, were written with today’s interfaith couples in mind…

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Thinking Like a Jew

A family member of my husband’s, whom I’ll call Devorah, recently told me that although I may have converted, “you will never think like a Jew.” At the time I didn’t say anything. This woman is an elder and I respect her opinion. But later I kept running that sentence through my head, and I realized […]

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Going Under, Letting Go

Why a patrilineal Jew decided to formally convert to Judaism (go to the mikveh, go before a beit din) even though she already felt Jewish.

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Converting Clara

Video from Mayyim Hayyim about converting an infant.

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A Tale of Two Immersions

When I accompanied my children to their conversion, I felt excluded. Many years later, when I became a Jew, I felt warmly welcomed.

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An Overnight Interfaith Home

She fell in love with Judaism. Her Orthodox Christian husband supported the relationship.

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Debbie is studying for conversion, and thinks her 15-year-old Jewish daughter shouldn’t date someone who isn’t Jewish.

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