Adoption, Not Conversion

By Avraham Infeld

International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot, September 2010

According to Avrham Infeld, "adoption" is a much more suitable term for describing conversion to Judaism because it reflects the truth of the matter: this indivdiual is being adopted into this people. By replacing the term conversion with adoption, the emphasis is shifted from the individual to the people. The result is to reflect even further the fissures which exist within this people, begging the question: who is this people who are about to adopt this individual?

Topic: Peoplehood, Jewish Identification, Conversion, Education, Unity

Name of Publication: Up, Close and Personal: Thinking about the Jewish Peoplehood Closeness Index

Editor: Freedman, Catriella , Kedar, Shelley

Page Number(s): 24-27

Funder: Jim Joseph Foundation , Nadav Fund , Shoham Philanthropic Fund

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Infeld, Avraham. Adoption, Not Conversion. Up, Close and Personal: Thinking about the Jewish Peoplehood Closeness Index. International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot. September 2010: 24-27. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11812


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