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Hello. I'm Catholic but have been a spiritual seeker all my life. Recently I've been reading about Judaism and wondering if this may be the direction I should be headed.
My question is for any converts from Catholicism or even Christianity in general: how did you reconcile loving and following Jesus with your conversion?
I don't believe Jesus was God's incarnation, but I feel guilty just thinking about a life where his teachings and example do not factor in.
I wonder if this is just Catholic guilt or what. I haven't found any discussion of this aspect of converting online yet.
It would be most helpful to hear how former Catholics/Christians dealt with this.
I want to convert to Judaism as well, and I know it might be a slow process but I am willing to undergo it. I have left my old life completely behind, abandoned everything I used to hold dear and everything I used to be for the purpose and cause of developing a higher spirituality and faith that will lead me into heaven. I am not seeking conversion to Judaism to be right with God but so that I can be perfect.
I am not trying to offend anybody but I believe the only way I can achieve moral perfection is if I become a Jew and that is why I want to convert. I feel that this religion has a wealth of knowledge and spiritual resources that I would not be able to find in another faith.
Shalom everyone! I just had a question I was looking to get some input on. In May I started the process of Conversion through my local reform synagogue,I guess one of the reasons I chose a reform one is because you hear many people say orthodox and conservative Rabbis do not welcome converts the Rabbi at the Reform Synagogue seemed very warm and welcoming and I enjoyed taking an intro class with him a few weeks after the class and many weeks of attending services I discussed with him how I wanted to convert. He directed me to take a more extensive class and keep in touch with him via email. I told him I would prefer to work a little bit more one on one with him but he told me since he serves 600 families he really didn't have the time I needed. Now I feel I might have choosen the wrong branch of Judaism. I try to adhere to a strict Jewish lifestyle: I take Saturdays as a day of rest, I eat Kosher, I give to tzedakah, etc, but it's frustrating not to see the rest of my Jewish community not doing the same just because I'm becoming a Jew by choice does not mean I believe I should choose what practices to adhere to. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it.
Ariel, you need to spend more time with converts and really get to know the fear and intimidation involved with joining a faith completely different from your own.
To all perspective converts: it takes time. Usually years actually to become Jewish. Don't let other Jews, especially ones that feel they have the corner on Halakha tell you you can't do it.
Learn about the Jewish faith, read about it, go to temple and speak with a number of different rabbis from various traditions. Find some Jewish friends and see if they can help explain what's going on during festivals and during Temple services.
Judaism is not a form of proto-Christianity, its a serious faith that's over 5000 years old. Its filled with meaning and a richness that will fill your soul.
I would encourage you most of all to live and experience being Jewish. If the faith is not for you, then don't convert. Be honest with yourself and God. Don't let other Jews bully you around, many will try.
Hi my name is Amanda. I am seriously thinking of converting to Judaism. Not only did I score a very high percentage for this on the Belief-O-Matic, I am drawn for some reason to this faith. I love the teachings and have been researching quite a bit. Please contact me so I can learn more about conversions and what material is good to read that will also teach me the most. I know the Torah and Talmud are probably the best thing to read. Thank you very much.
The Outsider's Guide to Orthodox Judaism by Rabbi Arnie Singer (amazon) is a helpful resource. I am the author.
i have been studying Judaism, i'm staring to believe that it is the right path for me and i have studied around the religious section at the library numerous times. so if anybody is converting or is becoming more and more convinced that this is a faith and lifestyle that they want to become a part of i'd love to talk to you.
This is a group for those interested in converting strictly to Orthodox Judaism. Reform conversions are not held binding in the Torah Observant community or even the Conservative movement.
Without the need for excessive debate, let me explain, from an Orthodox perspective, why these conversions are not binding.
For a conversion to be binding, it has to be performed by a Beit Din, which is best translated as house of judgement, made up of three Jewish men who observe the Torah in it's fullness. The Reform movement does not mandate that it's laity or even it's clergy keep the Torah.
A gay, pork-eating, sabbath violating agnostic that just happens to have a Jewish mother, or father in the reform case, can become a "rabbi" at the Hebrew Union College.
If you are going to convert, it must be done right. Would you trust a "reform" Surgeon for your upcomming surgery? G-d forbid!
I'm in the process of reading up and learning about Judiasm with the possibility of fully converting in the future.
My 'beginner' book that has been an excellent resource for me has been "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judiasm" by Rabbi Benjamin Blech.
For information about conversion I would suggest starting with URJ.org the Union of Reform Judaism website. They have a lot of info and other websites.