Kate Bailey is a self-described “young skeptical modern orthodox feminist convert” who writes deftly about conversion, hers as well as those of others.
And does someone who converts to Judaism really become “a Jew like any other”? Bailey calls the most common answer to this question “a white lie often told in the Jewish world” and then goes on to illuminate the way converts recognize both internally and externally that they “differ from the mainstream.” (And she’s not even going into how in Israel, our Jewishness can be “revoked.”)
About the unique position of a convert, Bailey adds:
“Today’s convert is in a unique position to understand the historic plight of the Jewish People. They live as a minority within a larger community that treats them as “the other”–someone who is different, who provokes wonder, awe, and even scorn. Someone whose family is so radically different from those their friends are used to. Who doesn’t share the same collective memory of Jewish youth.”
2 thoughts on “Does someone who converts to Judaism really become “a Jew like any other”?”
The answer to your title-as-question is YES!!!!!!
Schvach, yes, it is but it's much more complicated than that. Read her article. It makes some great points.