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How does a Jewish child become Jewish?
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Jewish tradition states that a Jew is any person whose mother wasJewish (Talmud, Kidushin 68b), or any person who has gone through aproper conversion to Judaism (Talmud, Yevam…ot 47a). The word "Jew" (in Hebrew, "Yehudi") is derived from the name ofJudah, the fourth son of Jacob and one of the Twelve Tribes of theIsraelites. The Jewish people are descendants of Abraham, whose Semiticancestors lived in the Fertile Crescent and who lived most of hislife in the Middle Eastern country of Israel (Canaan) 3800 yearsago.. Jews themselves express their Judaism by keeping the Torah. See theattached Related Question. .
If you are not born Jewish, it is possible to become Jewish throughconversion. First, you have to convince a Rabbi to assist you withyour conversion, tradition (based on the s…tory of Ruth'sconversion) holds that a potential convert is turned away threetimes. An Orthodox conversion requires 1-6 years of study. Afterthis, the potential convert goes before a beit din (religiouscourt) then goes to mikvah (ritual bath). Male converts also haveto be circumcised. Once a person goes through a valid conversion, they are seen as aJew in every sense as if they were born one.
That's not a simple question, and there's no simple, short answer. The best answer is to urge you to make an appointment to sit down and talk with a Rabbi, and let him ans…wer your questions. During the conversation, the Rabbi will gently try to dissuade you, as Judaism doesn't actively seek converts, but he will not brush you off.
Anyone whose mother is Jewish, or has formally taken onhimself/herself the responsibility of adhering to the Torah commandments in a formallysupervised and sanctioned conversi…on, is Jewish.
Answer: Yes and no. The Jewish identity is two-fold and applies to both ethnicity and religion. For example, there are some people who consider themselves Jewish based on bl…ood, family history and cultural practices, even if they don't observe the religion. There are also people who are ethnically and religiously Jewish. A person can convert to Judaism and become a member of the Jewish community, but they cannot change their ethnicity, in the same way that an Italian person cannot decide to become German. Answer: The above answer is not correct. After conversion, a person is generally considered a descendant of Abraham, and this belief is reflected in the Hebrew name of the converted person (The surname "ben Avraham avinu" is attached to their Hebrew first name, meaning son of Abraham our father). Converts are considered full Jews in all aspects of the word.
Jewish people can do everything a non Jewish person can do. it depends on what you believe in
No, the Jewish faith believes Jesus was a regular human being. The Catholic faith believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Answer: Actually, there is a middle ground of sor…ts. Look into the Messianic Jewish church. However, most Jews AND Christians consider messianic Jews as Christians.
He made a covenant with God Prophet Abraham ( God's prayer & blessing on him ) had instinctively recognized the existence of God without the help of another prophet or m…essenger etc. Therefore he became the grandfather of all Prophets even before the arrival of Mouses; Jesus and Mohammad. So Prophet Abraham ( God's prayer & blessing on him ) was just an early believer of God and eventually God blessed him and his offspring until the end of life on earth i.e DOOMS DAY followed by JUDGEMENT DAY!
To welcome the child into the Jewish community.
Because the child would at least get part of the Jewishness. the child wouldn't be 100% Jewish but they would still be considered somewhat half. __________ A child born… to a Jewish woman and non-Jewish man is 100% Jewish. Jewish law states that religion is through the mother because of a number of statements in the Tanach (Jewish Bible). Deuteronomy 7:1-5 Leviticus 24:10 Ezra 10:2-3
Matrilineal descent as the determiner of Jewish identity isn'texplicitly a biblical law, it is a rabbinic law (codified later byrabbis). However, in the Torah God assures Abra…ham that thecovenant that He established with Abraham will pass to Sarah's son. So this is a precedent for it, if not exactlya commandment. See Genesis 17, esp. 17:19 Then God said [toAbraham] "... your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you willcall him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as aneverlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as forIshmael [Abraham's son with his concubine Hagar], I have heard you:I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatlyincrease his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and Iwill make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I willestablish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time nextyear." Behind matrilineal descent are some commonsense reasons. In ancienttimes wars often resulted in Jewish women being raped or abductedby non-Jewish males. Thus, in order to ensure the survival of theJewish people, these women's children had to be considered Jews;otherwise they would be whatever the fathers were. Another reasonwhy Jewish identity is traced through the mother is aptlysummarized in the modern expression "Mama's baby is Papa's maybe."While sometimes the paternity of a child may be in doubt, we alwaysknow who the mother is. (At least this was so in ancient times,pre-DNA.) Therefore, it made sense to trace Jewish identity fromthe mother. Answer: The Tanach (Jewish Bible) doesn't specifically state that Jewishlineage is through the mother. However, there are several passageswhere it is understood that the child of a non-Jewish woman and aJewish man is not a Jew. These passages form the basis formatrilineal descent. Ezra 10:2-3: And Shechaniah, the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, raised hisvoice and said to Ezra, "We have betrayed our God, and we havetaken in foreign wives of the peoples of the land, but now there ishope for Israel concerning this. And now, let us make a covenantwith our God to cast out all the wives and their offspring, by thecounsel of the Lord and those who hasten to [perform] thecommandment of our God, and according to the Law it shall be done. Deuteronomy 7:3-4 You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give yourdaughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for yourson. For he will turn away your son from following Me, and theywill worship the gods of others, and the wrath of the Lord will bekindled against you, and He will quickly destroy you. Leviticus 24:10 (This is actually talking about the son of a Jewishwoman and non-Jewish man being a part of the Jewish community) Now, the son of an Israelite woman and he was the son of anEgyptian man went out among the children of Israel, and theyquarreled in the camp this son of the Israelite woman, and anIsraelite man.
In Bar Mitzvah
You have a Bat Mitzvah. You learn a new Torah portion. You have a celebration! Its the best day ever. After that you will be treated differently in temple. You will wear a Tal…lit and be considered an adult for everything the temple has even you can say prayers that are for Adults. :) Its a life changing experience. ------Its the end of your Jewish education if you don't continue to confirmation which you can do and have another ceremony in a few years. :)
A Jew is an adherent of Judaism. Sometimes, a Jew is defined as a person whose mother is/was Jewish. Other times, people who converted to Judaism are also considered Jews.