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Sunday, June 9 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Pledges of Jewish allegiance: What does conversion to Judaism really represent?

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What is a person pledging when s/he converts to Judaism? How is it possible that even among Orthodox authorities, all of whom base their rulings on the same texts, debates rage about what makes a conversion valid? The reason, we’ll see, is that in ruling on conversion, rabbis are actually defining not only 'WHO is a Jew?' but 'WHAT is a Jew?'. We’ll look at several Orthodox responsa to see that even Orthodox authorities disagree about the fundamental question: what does it mean to be a Jew?

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Daniel Gordis

Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books - with another scheduled for publication in 2014 - he writes the regular column 'A Dose of Nuance' for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr Gordis was the Founding... Read More →

Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Tyree Room

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