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Audio: Jew By Choice: Conversation with a Convert

A fascinating interview with a Vietnam era America who moved to Israel and converted to Judaism.
6/5/2014, 11:01 AM

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Daniel Ben Eitan was born into a Russian Orthodox family of coal-miners. He never had much contact with Jews, until fifth grade, when his school fed into a new school in a Jewish neighborhood. Daniel became best friends with a Jewish boy, though he felt the boy's family never quite accepted him.

After Vietnam, Daniel was faced with a question about causing another person's death. He found no peace until he met the Torah of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, which spoke to his soul and convinced him he made the right choice.

Moving to New York, Daniel became involved in Rabbi Riskin's community, through which he eventually converted. It was while arguing with his father one day that it dawned on Daniel: he had to make Israel his home. Chosen by G-d. Now the father of seven and living more than half his life in Israel, Daniel writes prolifically and corresponds with Jews and converts about his experiences.

Tune in as Daniel Ben Eitan shares his journey and the lessons he has learned on the way.

If you are a convert, know a convert or are considering conversion, this show is a must for you!

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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