author, Roy Schoeman, was born in a suburb of New York City of
"Conservative" Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. His
Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most
prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur
Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his
hometown Rabbi growing up; Rabbi Arthur Green, later the head of
the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who was his religion teacher
and mentor during high school and early college; and Rabbi Shlomo
Carlebach, a prominent Hasidic Rabbi with whom he lived in Israel
for several months. His secular education included a B.Sc. from M.I.T.
and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School. Midway
through a career of teaching and
consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the
Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and
instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic
refocus of his activities. Since then he has pursued theological
studies at several seminaries, helped produce and host a Catholic
Television talk show, and edited and written for several Catholic
books and reviews. This is his first full-length book.
One account of his conversion, as it originally appeared in Christ
to the World, follows. Another version which appeared in the
book Marian Shrines of France can be found by clicking here.