In a era of great and dangerous changes in the Jewish world, intermarriage and assimilation threaten to deplete Jewish families, communities, and indeed, the Jewish future. Statistics published in the past few years frighten us about the continuity of Jewish life. Is conversion a solution to the problem? Rabbi Bomzer is in an unique position to write about one approach to save Jews from complete abandonment of the Jewish world. He has been active for more than four decades as a rabbi, marriage counselor, educator, and Jewish leader and has acquired an excellent reputation as an expert in Jewish law. He has met hundreds of young and old who have experienced the problems which arise when a Jew becomes involved in a serious relationship with a gentile. He has been successful in stopping intermarriage. Conversion is a road chosen by many who wish to join the Jewish journey. Some are already intermarried, others are contemplating that step. "The Chosen Road" tells stories of actual geyrut (conversion) experiences in the lives of than a score of strangers who have joined the Jewish people. You will meet candidates from the former Soviet Union, from Israel, the United States, and many continents. You will read the reactions of families, both Jewish and gentile, to conversion, of whole families who convert and of the attitude of halakhah (Jewish law) to adoptions. You will feel the joy and rejection of parents, siblings, and whole communities. You will learn the techniques used by Rabbi Bomzer, including the interviews and standards, the practical process, the words of the converts and their questions, as well as the results of conversions. For rabbis, parents, individuals, couples, communities, and interested readers. "The Chosen Road" is an indispensable anecdotal guide to what can happen when interpersonal relationships lead to conversion.
by Herbert W. Bomzer