Conversion to Judaism

Why does Judaism make it so difficult to convert? What are the steps required to become a Jew? How are the laws of conversion today different than they were in the past? What is the difference between a Reform conversion, or an Orthodox conversion? Batya and Mottle dive into these questions and more on this episode.conversion

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  1. Valerie Knowles says:

    God is Good! I saw this yesterday and wanted to listen to it and lost it.
    I “stumbled” upon it this AM so was able to listen to it !

    I’m going to subscribe tho this stuff Jews should know !
    My journey to become Jewish has been wonderful ! God has graciously guided my path for years to get me to where I am today and I am so grateful!

    Shalom!

    Valerie

  2. David Stein says:

    You say that the wannabe convert is asked, why with all the obligations a Jew must perform would you want to convert. But not any of the commandments are all Jews obligated to do. Except those relating to idol worship.
    Furthermore, all these laws you cite are from 1000s of years ago and of primitive times, how can you justify any being valid in the 21st century ? Thank you.

    • David I am sorry I did not see your posts before now. The way I understand it, is that Judaism is a national identity. Conversion to Judaism is really the embrace of a cultural and religious identity. Judaism’s nation holidays become the converts holidays, it’s cultural distinctions such as the Sabbath and dietary laws become the converts way of life.

      Granted the laws we sited in the podcast are thousands of years old, but we are a culture that is thousands of years old. Very little of what we do today, we rely on Talmudic or Mishnaic laws as anything other than a foundation.

      Just like American citizenship involves (or maybe should involve) an embrace of American culture, so to does Judaisms.

      • David Stein says:

        Mottle, Thank you for your response. But does not quite address my question.
        How does the Rabbi’s dictates from two thousand years ago apply to us today? Just on the face of it we can see many that are outdated and were influenced by ancient and primitive times.
        And why are they so many Rabbis calling themselves “Rabbinical Authorities”, but when asked why don’t they change these outdated dictates, (that are still being enforced on the observance class) their answer is always, “they do not have the authority”. Contradicting themselves.
        Today’s generations are greater in wisdom, smarter and have way more knowledge and know-how then those of two thousand ago. I.e. what is the problem?
        You say, “we are a culture that is thousands of years old”, yes, I agree to a point, but you think it’s a stagnated culture. Judaism has never been completely stagnated and should never even be remotely partially stagnated. This is not what the Rabbis of antiquity had in mind. To lay down laws that would be counterproductive to the development of mankind.
        Can you give an example of when a Talmudic or Mishnaic law is used as just a foundation?

  3. David Stein says:

    I am waiting for your reply.

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