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    More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

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    Arik
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    More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Arik on Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:06 pm

    More than 4,000 Gentiles converted to Judaism in Israel last year, according to government statistics.

    The data was announced at a weekend event sponsored by the Conversion Authority of the Prime Minister's Office.

    A total of 4,239 people made the seminal change in their lives, including 1,936 people from countries in the former Soviet Union, and 1,647 who were from Ethiopia and other African nations. The remainder hailed from a variety of Western, Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

    Judaism's newest "members of the tribe" had completed government-sponsored conversion classes and had passed the various tests that enabled them to join the Jewish People, a process that is considered quite rigorous and to which most converts dedicate several years of their lives to completing.

    Included is an oral examination before a Rabbinical Court comprised of a panel of three rabbinic judges. The rabbis closely question the potential convert's intentions, as well as his or her knowledge of Jewish laws, rituals, traditions and history. It is customary for the candidate to bring with him or with her a sponsoring family or rabbinic adviser, who is also questioned by the rabbinic panel.

    In addition, a convert must complete the Halachic (Jewish legal) process of immersing in a mikvah, the ritual pool of purifying waters. Male converts must also under brit mila - circumcision; those who are already circumcised must nevertheless undergo a symbolic form referred to as “tipat dom” (a drop of blood) as well.

    Speaking at the event, Rabbi Haim Druckman, who designed the process converts must complete, noted, “Anyone who converts is truly doing so in order to join the Jewish People, and not for any other reason -- since new immigrants who are not [halachically] Jewish [already] receive all the benefits that Jewish immigrants do.”

    Under the Law of Return, anyone who can prove through documentation that they have a minimum of one Jewish grandparent on either side of the family, regardless of whether it is in the matrilineal or patrilineal line, is eligible to make aliyah.

    This does not make one Jewish under Torah Law (“Halacha”), however, which states that Judaism is passed solely through the matrilineal line: that is, only one born to a Jewish mother, who was born to a Jewish mother, is considered halachically a Jew.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156942#.T94cYLX2Y_Q


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    Re: More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Yehudah on Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:47 am

    As long as it's done halachically... It's fantastic. All of my goyishe friends better get in now before Moshiach comes, then it will be too late.


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    Re: More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Arik on Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:21 pm

    Too late for what? Even the Righteous Gentiles will have a share in Olam Habah


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    Re: More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Yehudah on Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:42 pm

    Arik wrote:Too late for what? Even the Righteous Gentiles will have a share in Olam Habah
    My dearest Arik... once Moshiach comes, all who have not converted will have lost their chance. That doesn't discount the Bnai Noach.

    In the end, you are either one of us (including B"N), or one of them.


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    Re: More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Arik on Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:36 pm

    I was thinking in the vein of B'nai Noach. There is much debate in the Talmud about what non-Jews will be doing and what their role is in the age of Messiah..Will soon be Shabbos so will get back to you more later..
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    Re: More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

    Post  Arik on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:27 pm

    Ok, picking back up....

    One of the duties of Messiah will be to establish a single religion where all people will come to the knowledge of the One True G-d. Many may not have that opportunity until that time depending on circumstances...
    This wouldn't need be one of his jobs if the only people left of the goyim were already all doing so...
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