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+ A continuous Jewish presence existed in #Hebron for hundreds of years. It was only in 1929 — as a result of a massacre in which 67 Jews were murdered and the remaining Jews were forced to flee — that the city became temporarily “free” of Jews.  Share this picture to make the world aware!


A continuous Jewish presence existed in #Hebron for hundreds of years. It was only in 1929 — as a result of a massacre in which 67 Jews were murdered and the remaining Jews were forced to flee — that the city became temporarily “free” of Jews.

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Happy birthday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu!

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A Conservative Convert

Ruth in the Fields, Huges, 1876

by Reb Gutman Locks  

My husband and I and our 4 children converted a year and half ago to Judaism. At the time we didn’t know there were many branches in Judaism. We went to many classes before the rabbi there approved us for conversion. It was at a Conservative synagogue. The men underwent brit mila and the women mikveh. Since the conversion we have lived a Jewish lifestyle.  We eat kosher we don’t mix meat and dairy, we keep the Sabbath, our children attended Jewish religious school. However, when we moved from New Mexico to Utah we were told that our conversion is invalid. It was a very hurtful moment for us.  Rabbi, please tell me why is it invalid? We were sincere at the conversion. We pledged our allegiance to the God of Israel and no other deity. We accepted the written and the oral Torah. Our hearts were very sincere. Didn’t Ruth convert too? And father Avraham? So then why are we pushed away and our conversion invalid?
Please help us find our way. We cannot go back to our previous life style.  Our children and we are suffering because we can’t go to synagogue or to religious school.  They said we didn’t meet halacha so we cannot attend services. We left our families and our beliefs to attach ourselves to the Hashem and his people and now we are abandoned not by God but by his people.

Please advise.

Thank you for your time

Gutman’s response;

     When someone converts to Judaism they are converting to a people not to a religion, so they will want to join the entire people. If you would have converted Reform, the Conservative would not have accepted that conversion, and of course neither would have the Orthodox. When one tries to convert through the Conservative, then the Conservative and the Reform accept that conversion, but not the Orthodox. However, when one converts through the Orthodox, all streams of Judaism accept that conversion, and consider that person to be a Jew.

     With such a sincere background as you and your family have, I am sure that you will be able to find an Orthodox court that will help you to fulfill the requirements for an Orthodox conversion. Start by asking the Chabad rabbi in your city what to do. Do not be distressed. Just keep moving toward the goal. You and your family will succeed.

Have a wonderful New Year.

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Plenty to Choose From - Kippah Stall in Mahane Yehuda Market.

Plenty to Choose From - Kippah Stall in Mahane Yehuda Market.

Krias Shema - Jewish students at a Cheder.
Kehilot Yaacov Torah School for boys in Ramot, Jerusalem

Krias Shema - Jewish students at a Cheder.

Kehilot Yaacov Torah School for boys in Ramot, Jerusalem

Learning to read Hebrew at a Cheder - Israel, 1960.
Photograph by Paul Schutzer.

Learning to read Hebrew at a Cheder - Israel, 1960.

Photograph by Paul Schutzer.