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    edited by Robert S. Hirt, Adam Mintz, Marc Stern

    Hardcover, 501 pages
    Yeshiva University Press, KTAV Publishing House, Urim Publications, 2015
    ISBN: 978-965-524-197-6

    Questions of conversion have been amongst the most fraught issues on the internal Jewish agenda in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere. The rifts have grown wider given increasing rates of intermarriage in the United States and the collapse of opposition to intermarriage almost everywhere but the Orthodox community and some sections of Conservative Judaism. The spectacular success of the Soviet Jewry movement, and the critically important aliyah of roughly a million Soviet Jews, brought a new urgency to the problem. The recent battles in Israel and elsewhere regarding the standards of conversion have further complicated the issue. The halakhic literature of the late 19th and prewar 20th centuries already reflects these problems. Urban areas like Vienna, Warsaw, and Berlin already had high rates of intermarriages well before World War II. Yet, this issue is felt more seriously in our generation than in previous ones. This monograph represents the first collection of essays and articles by leading scholars and rabbis on the topics of intermarriage, conversion, and Jewish identity. These issues stand at the forefront of the Jewish world in the 21st century. Conversion, Intermarriage, and Jewish Identity provides excellent resources for academic courses and background readings for academics and laity alike.

    About the Editors:
    Robert S. Hirt is a coeditor of Shimon Huberband's critically acclaimed book on the Holocaust, Kiddush Hashem: Jewish Religious and Cultural Life in Poland During the Holocaust" and has contributed to other educational publications. He is vice president emeritus at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Yeshiva University where he occupied the Rabbi Sidney Shoham Chair in Rabbinic and Communal Leadership.
    Adam Mintz is the founding rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim in New York City and adjunct associate professor at City College, New York. He is the editor of several volumes and has authored articles for both academic and popular journals.
    Marc Stern is the general counsel and director of legal advocacy at AJC, Global Jewish Advocacy, after years of acting as general counsel and coexecutive director at the American Jewish Congress. He received the Religious Liberty Award from the First Freedom Foundation.
    They all live in New York City.

    Series Editor's Preface
    Editors' Introduction - Adam Mintz and Marc D. Stern
    Part I: Intermarriage
    1. Intermarriage in the Early Modern Period - Judith Bleich
    2. Diagnosing Challenges to Contemporary Modern Orthodox Families - Sylvia Barack Fishman
    3. Intermarriage and Jewish Communal Policy: Challenges to Orthodoxy - Steven Bayme
    Part II: Conversion in the State of Israel
    4. From "Who Is a Jew" to "Who Should Be a Jew" : The Current Debates on Giyur in Israel - Arye Edrei
    5. Giyur in the Context of National Identity - Chaim I. Waxman
    Part III : History of Geirut
    6. Conversion to Judaism in Tannaitic Halakhah - Lawrence H. Schiffman
    7. Approaches to Conversion in Medieval European Rabbinic Literature: From Ashkenaz to Sefarad - Ephraim Kanarfogel
    Part IV: Current Contemporary Halakhic Approaches to Geirut
    8. Modern-day Ashkenazi Psak regarding the Nullification of Conversion - Yosef Zvi Rimon
    9. Sephardic Approaches to Conversion - Richard Hidary
    10. Geirus Procedures and Standards Network - Yosef Blau
    Appendix A
    Appendix B
    11. The Contemporary Rabbinate and Conversion - Benjamin J. Samuels
    Part V: The Theological Foundations of Jewish Identity
    12. "If You Were A Human Being" A Thought Experiment - Shalom Carmy
    Part VI: Orthodox Responses to New Paradigms of Jewishness
    13. American Orthodox Responses to Intermarriage - Jonathan D. Sarna
    14. The Jewish People -- A Yawning Definitional Gap - Marc D. Stern
    15. Actually Jewish: How Young American Jews See Their Status and How Orthodox Rabbis Respond - Yehuda Sarna
    List of Participants

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