Can a Person Convert to Judaism?
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Illustration: Micah Exhorting the Israelites to Repentance By: Gustave Dor'e
There is no such thing as conversion to Judaism in the written Torah, it is something the rabbis invented (i.e. Their predecessors: The Pharisees).First of all, if you make an application for Israeli citizenship, the first question they ask you is: Was your mother Jewish? If your mother is Jewish, they could not care less which synagogue you attended; who your rabbi is, what yeshiva you studied in, etc, etc, etc….
In short, the answer is: “No”.
In short, the answer is: “No”.
These two changes do NOT take place in the events concerning Exodus 24:1) Before Exodus 24, the people were known as either Israelites or Hebrews. After Exodus 24 the people were STILL known as Israelites or Hebrews.2) Before Exodus 24 the people worshiped the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. After Exodus 24 the people STILL worshiped the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.So then: Where is the conversion?The religious practices of a Reform Jew are very different from those of an Orthodox Jew. If a Reform Jew decided to join an Orthodox community would this be described as: “a conversion”?Perhaps it might be described as: “an upgrade”, but even that would be adamantly contested by the Reform Community who insist they are “full-fledged” Jews who practice a form Judaism which is in accordance with the present world conditions. Just as modern Orthodox Jews do not practice the form of Judaism that was practiced at “Yavne” after the fall of the temple, yet still consider themselves to be Jews (i.e. They don't consider themselves to be "converts" to: Modern Orthodox Judaism).Regardless, the point is that a Jew is a member of a people, just like a Japanese person is a member of a people. I can study Japanese culture; pray to Shinto gods; eat sushi from dawn to dusk; etc, etc, etc, but that does not make me Japanese.The written Torah says that “God created man in his own image” (more or less that is what it says). What conversions are is an example of : “Rabbis are taking gentiles and then "re-creating" them in THEIR own image”.Hence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin declares again and again and again: “Rabbis are: ‘God’s partners’ and ‘God’s co creators”. Sure you are rabbi….Moses was God’s servant, but YOU are his partner…God created the heavens and the earth, I bet YOU can’t even create a good potato pancake….But let’s try to look at this logically for a moment:The Five Books of Moses don’t mention a single convert, nor do they mention a procedure for conversions. What the written Torah does talk about, in detail, is intermarriage with other people and the children of intermarriages. If the parent is an Egyptian, it takes 3 GENERATIONS for the descendant of this union to be considered a Jew. That’s, at least, 60 years!Nevertheless, some rabbi in Bensonhurst can convert an Eskimo studying at New York University to Judaism in 12 months! (Even less, if the Eskimo has enough money and is willing to pay cash).The aspect of this conversion which proves it is all a sham is that it is the denomination of Judaism to which the rabbi belongs that determines the new identity of the Eskimo/Jew.A reform rabbi cannot convert an Eskimo to become a Satmar Jew or a Chassidic Jew….As noted, the rabbi converts the Eskimo into his own image: i.e. “a reform Jew”.If a person is converted to Judaism by a Conservative Jew, generally speaking, the “convert” adopts the customs and habits of the Conservative rabbis’ congregation. Again he is made into the rabbi’s image.Let’s take another example. God clearly told Isaac that he would inherit the land of Canaan, because his father Abraham had obeyed ALL of God’s commandments and laws. God made his covenant with Abraham and said it would pass thru Isaac. God placed only ONE condition on the covenant: that Abraham teach God’s ways to his descendants.How could Abraham teach God’s ways to his descendants if the rabbis insist he did not know God’s ways? Isn’t just amazing how a group of rabbis can insist that THEY received “oral laws”, but deny that Abraham received “oral laws”. For a more in depth discussion of this issue , please read the article:
Hey, this conversion thing doesn’t seem to be such a good idea after all, does it?
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