Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today by Lawrence J. Epstein

By Lawrence J. Epstein

From the biblical tale of Ruth to the famous person conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the tales of people that have switched over to Judaism all through heritage. The booklet introduces readers to origins of Judaism and stocks the 1st conversion tales of the folks who helped the early Jewish religion develop.

Subsequent chapters hint the trajectory of Judaism in the course of the a long time whereas highlighting the tales of converts either famous and lesser-known and the way they formed the culture. The publication contains not just the tale of Warder Cresson, who used to be wear trial for madness after changing to Judaism, but in addition recognized celebrities who turned Jewish similar to Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Written by way of a famous professional at the conversion strategy, Converts to Judaism serves as a different source to humans contemplating the demanding course of conversion and an indication of the $64000, and infrequently magnificent, function Jewish converts have continuously performed in Jewish life."

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This inward turning was complemented by the Roman and increasingly Christian hostility. The Romans made it punishable by death for Jews to seek converts or people to embrace Judaism. For example, converts were persecuted by Domitian between 81 and 96 CE. Any property the converts had was confiscated. Sometimes instead of a death sentence they were sent into exile. In 131 CE Hadrian prohibited any public instruction in Jewish subjects and any circumcisions. Five years later, he added that the Sabbath could not be observed and no Jewish ritual could be performed in public.

The story told in this book begins at the very beginning of the Jewish people. One of the Bible’s many interesting curiosities is that its story does not begin with the first person on earth being Jewish. Rather, the Bible tells how the Jewish people began with the staggering religious insights of a single man, the crucial support of his wife, and the miracle that led to the emergence of a still unfinished spiritual odyssey. 1 YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE Converts in the Biblical Era Abraham, as the founder of the Jewish people, is the first convert to Judaism.

Jews didn’t have to harangue, blackmail, or threaten. They used persuasion and modeling to make their case. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Jewish enactment of moral behavior and good deeds. Without intending their moral impulses to encourage conversion to Judaism, the profound ethical foundation of Judaism, in theory and in practice, proved to be enormously appealing to Gentiles. Romantic attachment was another incidental means of conversion. Jews, especially Jewish men, married women Gentiles who then frequently converted.

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