Conversion to Judaism

1. Can anyone join the Jewish faith?  Would it make me a Jew? 2. Do Jews believe that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, came once in the flesh and is coming a second time for his church? Answer:  The answers to your questions, in order, are: 1)  Yes and Yes — as long as they renounce … Read more

Conservative Judaism

Question:  I am an 8th grade student at a Conservative day school.  I need to do a research paper for Jewish History class on changes in Conservative Judaism in the last 50 years.  I have no clue where or how to begin.  Any suggestions regarding research sources?Answer:  I would begin with the book Conservative Judaism, … Read more

Basic Judaism

Question:  Can you recommend a basic book on the Jewish religion, something that a non-Jewish person could understand? Answer:  There are many excellent books available, such as the “… for Dummies” or “Idiots Guide” series.  I would recommend beginning with Jewish Literacy, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Question:  What 10 books do you think should be … Read more

Basic Jewish Belief

Question:  What are the covenants that God made with the Jewish people?  I know that the Abraham story is the first one.  How many are there and what are they? Answer:  There is actually only one covenant between God and the Jewish people, but after the initial agreement, it is renewed several times with Abraham … Read more