As a foreigner and a convert, I didn’t understand the implications.
This is not buyer’s remorse. It’s something much more spiritual than that.
Conversion classes have gone virtual but the ceremonies haven’t for the most part.
‘Changing part of who you are for someone else can be seen as weak,’ Kloss said.
With a non-Jewish African-American mother, Tow’s children are constantly told they are not Jewish. Tow tells nay-sayers that they’re wrong.
“Connecting these youngsters with Judaism is only the beginning,” said the rabbi.
Finally, the truth comes out.
“She’s a big girl. She’s a smart girl. If that’s what she wants to do, then that’s what she wants to do. I support her. I trust her.’”
Yeshiva spokesperson: “We sensed after a while that he was a real meshugeneh. This was not evident immediately. He was quite knowledgeable in Torah.”
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, who converted Ivanka, was rejected two years ago but this time made the cut. Mazel Tov!