Feeling Ready to Convert

Because becoming a Jew is an evolving process,

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For another convert, the connection was made during a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Another man realized he was ready when he got into a heated argument about synagogue politics with a member of his congregation.

Not everyone experiences a dramatic moment of recognition. For many, the decision comes under pressure from an important deadline: a wedding, the birth of a baby, a bat mitzvah. In order to fully participate in the life cycle event before you, you need to be Jewish. And that makes you ready enough.

You will not know everything you think you ought to know about Judaism, but you will know enough. You will not understand everything you think you need to understand about being a Jew, but you will understand enough. The rituals and ceremonies that mark your conversion are like a wedding, which does not celebrate the end of your engagement. A conversion, like a wedding, is just the beginning.

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Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is a writer. Her books include Choosing a Jewish Life, The New Jewish Wedding, Saying Kaddish, and The Red Tent, a novel. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.