AJ: If someone converts to Judaism, are they really going to be considered Jews?
Or would they always be considered something less?
Does it depend on what branch of Judaism one converts to?
Answers and Views:
Answer by Sarah Yadid
yes, after a person converts to judaism, they are fully jewish.
however, only orthodox conversions are accepted by all branches. reform and convervative conversions are not considered valid conversions by orthodox jews.
yes, Judaism is a belief/culture not a race.Answer by Fixed At Zero
I think it’s fair to say that if someone converts from anything to another, they were and never will be completely one of each. If that makes sense? :/
i.e. if a Jew becomes atheist. I doubt they’re ever really either to be honest. Not completely.Answer by Biker Jesus
Are you wanting to get into the child sex slave trade or something?Answer by Reoriented
I believe there are different groupings of Jews, like Chrisitans, that question each others “genuineness”. Your Rabbi should be able to explain this to you.Answer by Josh Pilch
If someone converts to Judaism, they are considered Jewish. Halakha forbids Jews of taunting a convert of their heritage, and there really is little distinction between someone who is born Jewish and someone who converts.
To give an example, the Biblical Ruth was a convert (she was a Moabite) and she was so loved by the Jewish people that the Messiah is said to descend from her. King David is also reported to be of her descent.
Orthodox Judaism doesn’t really recognize Conservative or Reform Jewish conversion. It depends on the branch of Orthodox Judaism.
Personally, I don’t care what denomination a person is (or converts to). Regardless if they are a Jew by birth or Jew by choice, they are still Jewish and a member of the Jewish people.Answer by Aryeh M
I’m the moderator of a group of 1800+ Gerim (Orthodox converts) and yes, once one crosses over to Orthodox Judaism, s/he is considered a Jew, a 100% Jew. There have been several famous rabbis who were converts or the sons of converts.
The only thing that is different is that there is a positive commandment (Mitzvah) to love a convert, above and beyond the Mitzvah to love each and every Jew.
If you’re considering Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, then join https://groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodoxconversiontojudaism/Answer by polskajason
Yes. I am a convert and am fully accepted as a Jew by my (born) Jewish friends and in my synagogue. Judaism forbids treating converts as anything other than full Jews.
That said, some Orthodox branches are more closed and only accept conversions by Orthodox rabbis. However, the vast majority of American Jews (i.e. Reform and Conservative, or about 80% of American Jews) recognize my Reform conversion, though.Answer by Melkha
There should be no distinction between born Jews and converts, we are told to love the convert, many of the sages were converts. The reality is some congregations do see a distinction. The Sages developed a don’t ask don’t tell policy.
Orthodox do not recognize Reform and Conservative.
Conversation is a long hard struggle and there is no benefit in conversion. Judaism teaches if you keep these 7 laws you will have an equal share in the world to come.
* To behave justly in all relationships, and to establish courts of justice.
* To refrain from blaspheming Gods name.
* To refrain from practicing idolatry.
* To avoid immoral practices, specifically incest and adultery.
* To avoid shedding the blood of ones fellow man.
* To refrain from robbing ones fellow man.
* To refrain from eating a limb torn from a live animal.
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