L . A . (JTA) — Whenever a hollywood chooses to convert to Judaism, headlines similar to this abound:
Printed in that way, these headlines — plus the articles that follow perpetuate the theory that folks, particularly females, convert to Judaism to get hitched. This framing sets transformation in the same degree as, say, a prenup, or, in a far more cynical light, an ultimatum.
You can find those who convert to Judaism for marriage — possibly during the need of an in-law and sometimes even a partner — but I’ve never came across a convert similar to this.
Transforming to Judaism is complicated. It needs a whole overhaul of one’s belief system, along side rigorous research, the giving up of familiar rituals and quite often familial relationships, plus an acknowledgment for the reality you are joining a those who have been hated, for no rational reason, from the time they has been around since. Continue reading “Stop saying females convert to Judaism simply for wedding”