We need to embrace ‘zera Yisrael’
By HAIM AMSALEM
Just conversion policies are not only possible, they are necessary
The Emergence of Turkey’s Hidden Jews
By Michael Freund
Published March 24, 2011
Recently, at a small synagogue in New Jersey, a Jewish tragedy more than three centuries old came to an abrupt and long-awaited end.
Standing before a rabbinical court, a “hidden Jew” from Turkey closed an historical circle by emerging from the shadows of the past and formally returning to the Jewish people.
The Seed of Israel
By Aryeh Tepper
Published January 26, 2011
Until modern times, the boundaries of Jewish identity were cut and dried. If you were born to a Jewish mother, or if you were a convert according to Jewish religious law (halakhah), you were Jewish. If not, you weren’t. But during the course of the 20th century, the traditional definitions came to be outstripped by the high rates of intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews in the Diaspora.