Talking About It

A Woman, a Girl and a Wet Nightgown – A Childhood Memory

"If you don't do what they say, they will take you from me and I will be deported…" For years, this has been a dim memory that kept repeating itself anew. There were times when I thought...Read more

“ And a Woman Immerses the Woman” The Ritual Immersion for Conversion in the Presence of the Beit Din – A Proposal for Review

The Jewish conversion process is composed of three central elements: circumcision, acceptance of the mitzvot (the commandments prescribed by the Torah) and immersion in the mikveh (ritual...Read more

In Today's Reality, Ruth the Moabite would not have Succeeded in Converting

The question of the connection between Zionism and Judaism has accompanied the Jewish People for more than a century and embodies within it significant differences of opinion arising from a...Read more

On the A Tale of a Woman and a Robe Exhibition

A Tale of a Woman and a Robe: The name of the exhibition hints at tales and legends, entire worlds of attire and metamorphosis, miracles and piety. The waters of the mikveh (ritual bath)...Read more

Epilogue for the A Tale of a Woman and a Robe Exhibition Catalogue

"Abraham would convert the men and Sarah would convert the women" ( Breshit Rabbah , VaYeshev 84:4) How simple and intuitive is this picture from the Midrash. It turns out however that...Read more

Prologue for the A Tale of a Woman and a Robe Exhibition Catalogue

“And you shall not oppress a stranger, For you know the heart of the stranger; Because you were strangers in the Land of Egypt". (Exodus 23:9) The conversion process is one whereby a non-...Read more

The Midrash of the Female Converts

One of the female converts stood before the witnessing rabbis. She said to them: convert me, for I have studied my lessons and kept the laws and customs. And my partner has done as I have...Read more

The Mikveh and the Male Gaze

Nurit Jacobs-Yinon's multimedia installation A Tale of a Woman and a Robe brings the gallery visitor into the Jewish ritual bath – the mikveh – to witness the immersion required of a young...Read more