The issue of conversion to Judaism can be complex and fraught, especially when it comes to different attitudes and practices by various streams of the religion. One thing is certain: Even if their intentions are good, “Jews by birth” often stick their foot in their mouth when it comes to communicating with people who’ve chosen to become part of the tribe. The information linked below will help you avoid embarrassing yourself and insulting or hurting the feelings of converts to the faith.
Quote: “The number one question you want to ask a convert is exactly the question you shouldn’t. Asking someone why they converted, just after meeting them, is a little like asking to see their underwear. It’s like you’re asking us to get very naked about something deeply personal when we’ve just met. Like anything else, wait until you really get to know someone before expecting them to bare their souls. People will often let you see the skeletons in their closets when they’re comfortable with you.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), My Jewish Learning (quotation)
Learn more about conversion to Judaism from Wikipedia. ►
Read “The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Converts — Tips From a Jew by Choice Who’s Heard It All” ►
Read ” ‘Jews by Choice’ Are Members of the Tribe Too” ►
Watch “Converting to Judaism” [8:23].” ►
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