Tools for Converts or BT’s – Bullet Journaling

If you're in the process of conversion or even if you're just looking to grow and add observance and study, there can be a lot to keep track of.  Classes, books to read, prayers to remember to say...it can be a lot. Over the years, I've tried several different systems to keep our family on … Continue reading Tools for Converts or BT’s – Bullet Journaling

And You Shall Teach Your Son (and Daughter)…For Converts and/or BT’s

One of the things I passionately love about Judaism is the focus it has on lifelong learning, the idea that even if you've read the weekly parsha every week for your whole life there is still some little bit of wisdom hidden there for you to dig into.  Or, the idea that there are so … Continue reading And You Shall Teach Your Son (and Daughter)…For Converts and/or BT’s

How to Avoid a Victim Mindset: A Brief Primer for Converts to Judaism

I stumbled across this article today written by another conversion blogger and I thought it was fantastic reading for anyone working on Orthodox Jewish Conversion, considering it, or even those who have already converted.

Johan René Schaper


By Johan (Yoel) Schaper

Being a convert to Judaism is not always easy. After having established that Judaism is the true religion and that you should join it, you suddenly realize that you are getting more than you bargained for. The religion comes together with an entire culture that you didn’t sign up for.

It is often this culture that creates trouble for the convert. Not all cultures are compatible; a convert’s upbringing can clash with the new Jewish one.

Take a Southern Baptist who grew up with the non-confrontational Southern culture. She rejects the New Testament, keeps the Old, and embraces Rabbinic Judaism. To convert, she moves up North to be in a larger Jewish community where she suddenly is thrown into this extremely forceful Jewish environment, filled with the usual teasing and in-your-face confrontational disagreements. All the poor gal did was change some core doctrines and add a…

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But…What Do You EAT?!

I won't lie...feeding our family of 4 a healthy, kosher diet in Alaska is a never ending challenge.  While keeping kosher in the lower 48 was sometimes difficult, living in Alaska brings in an entirely new set of challenges.  I decided to share how we handle some of those since there might be other people … Continue reading But…What Do You EAT?!

Common Conversion Candidate Blunders…and How to Avoid Them!

In the years I've been in process I've been privileged to be in contact with a lot of other conversion candidates as well as interact with a few in person.  It occurred to me recently that I've seen a lot of common mistakes by those just starting out that could be avoided if they had … Continue reading Common Conversion Candidate Blunders…and How to Avoid Them!

Journaling for the Newly Observant or Conversion Candidate

My Rabbi asked me to do something I'd never previously been asked to do which is to journal each day, writing down anything pertaining to my Jewish observance.  I jumped at this chance because I love to write and because it was something tangible that I could be doing to help our process.  I'm quickly … Continue reading Journaling for the Newly Observant or Conversion Candidate

What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates

It occurred to me that this might be a good post to write.  Despite the fact that converts have always been a part of Judaism and that most communities have many, in most communities I've lived in, conversion remains for most people a kind of secretive process and there's a lot of misconceptions about it. … Continue reading What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates