A Brief History of Jewish Conversion

As I noted here a few days ago, at our church’s adult education class on Wednesday I got to talk about Jews in the Orthodox Church, putting together a cursory and somewhat arbitrary history (arbitrary in that, for example, Byzantium and patristics got more or less left out). This might turn into a bigger project later on, but I wanted to share my outline with you. Some of you were very helpful in suggesting areas I should explore in this talk, and if any of you have comments on this stage of the finished project, or ideas about what else should be included (or discussed in a different way), I’d be most grateful! So here it is.




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I was born in Soviet Russia and grew up in Israel. I was baptized Orthodox Christian in 2006. Today my husband and I live in Northern Virginia. I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment!
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4 Responses to A Brief History of Jewish Conversion

  1. melxiopp says:

    WBEZ in Chicgao (NPR) had a show on last night about Zionism, touching therefore on ‘religious Zionism’, the State of Israel, Jewish identity, etc. One scholar they spoke with talked about how the French Revolution did away with the various estates – nations within nations, essentially – and therefore did away with the necessary separation of Jews within French society. It was particularly interesting to me because it placed the Jewish ‘nation’ within France (and Europe in general) on a similar level with the way the other Estates within those Christian nations were understood – and the way in which millets were viewed within the Ottoman Empire. Each Estate had its own neighborhoods, clothing, rights, responsibilities, jobs they could and could not hold, who they could, they had their own laws, etc. I think the assumption is that Jews were singled out for this kind of millet/ghetto treatment when in fact it was a typical piece of European society until quite recently. Of course, Jews were singled out by how their Estate was defined, what they could do or not do, etc., and these rules were quite different in scope than those applied to other non-noble, non-clerical Estates. We see this as well in 19th Century Russian literature when reference is made to the required clothing and passports different groups had within the Russian Empire. No one had the kind of freedom we have today in matters of housing and profession and clothing styles.

    This is a great outline.

  2. Dominic Rubin says:

    Hello, groom’s family (for want of a better name!) I’d like to send you an article that could perhaps shed more light on the Russian aspect of your lecture, partly concerning Karsavin and Steinberg. All best,
    Dominic (Rubin).

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