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had ignored Deidre so much that she just reached her boiling point that hot, muggy summer afternoon. He didn’t know how to wipe the slate clean…or start over… Even if you feel right now that your situation is too far gone…too screwed up …or just plain too darn complicated? Even though Al loved Deidre with all his heart…he had lied so often… She was sick of feeling unappreciated…and Al just didn’t know what would make her happy anymore.While we can't always put our finger on it, I think we all become frustrated with the idea of "pick and choose Judaism." We can't find a better word for it, but that's the idea we get.

Also, as a necessary side effect of conversion, we learn a lot more about our chosen movement (and Judaism) than many of our community cohorts.

If you ask the average Jew-on-the-street (of any movement!

I think liberal-turned-orthodox converts generally value consistency in philosophy.

If the orthodox's greatest "logical fallacy" is that they think all the laws come straight from G-d and are mandatory, that's a much more consistent and tenable stance than that of the other two big movements.

I think batei din (orthodox or liberal) are the only ones who realize the true importance of the significant other.

Converts usually meet a Jewish significant other either before, during, or relatively soon after conversion, but the convert may not have completely grown into his or her "Jewish skin." Speaking from personal experience, wanting to grow in Judaism with an apathetic Jewish partner can bring out the foundational cracks in a relationship in ways normally only the birth of a first child can do.

And like the Supreme Court, they write an official opinion handing down the majority ruling, but including separate minority opinions.

At some point early in the conservative movement, it was decided that each congregation could choose which opinion to follow, whether it was the majority or a minority ruling.

He estimated that 60% of the converts he had met were originally converted through another movement.

Personally, I would place the number at 2/3 (66% for you math-challenged types), but I think he would have a more educated opinion! My guess is that many are already considered Jewish by other movements, either through patrilineal descent or a maternal liberal conversion prior to birth. But then again, I have an unnatural love of statistics.

Orthodoxy follows its philosophy to its natural conclusion, whether or not one thinks that is a good place to end up :) Why don't more liberal converts seek an orthodox conversion?