In this compelling, informative, and easy-to-read analysis of conversion to Judaism, Angel draws on his many years of experience as an Orthodox rabbi who has performed countless conversions to entreat the Orthodox community to be more open-minded in its approach to conversion candidates. Angel submits that although the last 200 years have seen increased opposition to Jewish conversion, historically this was not always the case; therefore, converts who exhibit sincere interest and a bona fide desire to join the Jewish community and abide by halakha (Jewish law) should be encouraged and welcomed. Within his assessment of why people choose to convert, he examines candidates who have found their way to Judaism through a journey of the intellect and spirit; others who wish to marry a Jew; some who have unearthed Jewish ancestry; and still others who aspire to live in Israel among the Jewish people. Interspersed are poignant personal stories submitted by converts of all backgrounds that should successfully aid in convincing opponents. By bringing historic, Talmudic and societal evidence for his plea to respond to the need of converting proselytes via Orthodox requirements (minimizing the alternative of Conservative or Reform conversions, which are considered invalid by the Orthodox community), Angel powerfully demonstrates not only the issue's urgency, but its permissibility as well.
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