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LINK: I have loved and looked to HaShem since I was a little girl…. By Jennifer N.
From Christianity to Judaism – David’s story
Many people have wondered why I would convert to Judaism, why I left the faith of my childhood and embrace Torah, wondering why I would do such a thing. The puzzled looks come not only from former Christian friends and family, new non-
To answer the question about why I am choosing Judaism, you first have to understand something of my religious upbringing—you need to know why I was a Christian. I was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was adopted. I grew up in Maryland where my father was the pastor of my local church. I grew up having a solid Christian education.
My father passed away in 2001 shortly after I turned 6. I continued my Christian education at the Christian school where my mom taught. We continued to go to church and I wanted to learn more about Christianity and more about the Bible.
When I was about 10 years old, I voiced my desire to be a pastor. I began studying Hebrew and learning the “Old Testament.” That’s when the questions began.
“Why do Jews reject Jesus?” That was the question on my mind. The Jews are the chosen people of G-
After doing a lot of research, I learned about Messianic Judaism. I found Jews for Jesus, Hebrew Roots, Chosen People’s Ministry, and more. They had a vast library on information about Judaism and that is where I got most of my introduction to Judaism. Then, I began to discover things on the internet that disturbed me.
I had a problem with the fact that they targeted Jews for conversion to Christianity. A lot of what they were doing was very deceptive to me – they threw kippot on their head, called their leaders a Rabbi, held services on Saturday, and calling themselves a synagogue or congregation — even though most had no Jewish genealogy and admitted they were not Jewish. Even more disturbing, they claimed to be Jewish and thus different from traditional Christianity, yet their theology was exactly the same as the Southern Baptist church I grew up in.
One of their most common tactics was to suggest to born Jews, many of whom were severely lacking in their own religious education, that the most natural and most Jewish thing in the world would be to recognize that Jesus was the Messiah. I found it interesting that they would target Jews with little knowledge of Judaism – not big named Rabbis and Yeshiva students.
My questions of Christian theology grew bigger. Why does the Torah say you shall keep the Sabbath for all generations and virtually no Christian today keeps the Sabbath? Why does the Torah say that the bris is an eternal covenant between the Jewish people and G-
In my studies, I came across Tovia Singer, Michael Skobak, and Jews for Judaism. I began to read their counter-
Reading and debating non-
I would read the materials for hours, determined that I would find an answer to their questions and responses. Finally, I realized that Jesus was not the messiah; Jesus is not god, and G-
Let me share with you what I learned. I learned that for an in-
Do not take my word for it. Look at the Scriptures yourself. Ask the question: “If I were reading this passage for the first time, how would I understand it?” That was the end of my faith in Jesus. I realized that in order to be intellectually honest, I have to let the Scriptures speak for themselves.
What do I believe today? I’m glad you asked! The Rambam (Maimonides) summed it up in the 13 principles of faith: