Issues Facing Modern Judaism Today

While in the previous generation Conservative Judaism was the largest and most dynamic in the denominational Jewish spectrum. Besides, Orthodox in 2000 had transformed into one of the fastest growing Jewish movements in America. The Orthodox Jews have a lot to be thankful for. One, it is a beautiful and thriving community of singles and married, young and old, retirees and working professionals and people from all backgrounds. However, there still issues that threaten to undermine Judaism.

Zionism

Zionism doesn’t have a uniform ideology. It has evolved into a dialogue among a disjoint collection of ideologies which include: Revisionist Zionism, Labor Zionism, Green Zionism, Religious Zionism, and General Zionism. Furthermore, not every Jew is a Zionist. In fact, only a few know what Zionism actually means. It is not mandatory to be a Zionist and being a non-zionist doest mean that you are the same as an anti-zionist; it means that you don’t accept all the basics of being a Zionist. The issue that the Zionists create for the non-zionists is that in some case Zionist paint all Jews as Zionist. This makes Muslims hate Jews even if they’re not Zionist.

Racism

Jews come in many languages, colors, and with diverse menus. A lot of Jews forget that. Besides, most people fail to remember the horrific and terrible battle in Israel, after 1948, to make Yiddish the official language of Israel; or the numerous attempts to prevent Falash from having infants from the state-sanctioned chemical de-fertilization of women.

Standards

The explanation of what it means to keep kosher varies among Jews in today’s world. However, lots of Jews have started to question whether it is to only uphold standards of how you should kill an animal – the tradition states that the animal should be subjected to as little pain as possible. Instead, some Jews have started asking if they should kill animals at all. And for Jews who consume meat, how can they know if the animal has been treated well during its entire life?

How to Convert to Judaism

The process of converting to Judaism requires penetration of the innermost character as well as spiritual being, and demanding a thorough examination of one’s behavior and other things which can culminate in the conversion to a brand-new identity. Besides, due to the consequences to both the convert’s psyche and to Jewish people – especially at times when the conversion to Judaism was barred by most ruling powers – rabbis always urge those who want to convert to consider their motivations.

Step by Step of the conversion process

Step 1 – Learning

Candidates who are willing to convert to Judaism are encouraged to learn extensively about Jewish culture and religion, to know a variety of Jewish practices and to converse with a rabbi in the process. You will begin by enrolling in Judaism 101 or Introduction to Judaism classes, which are mostly offered at Jewish community centers, synagogues, and other institutions related to Jewish.

If you find an institution and comes into terms with a rabbi that you are ready for conversion, the formal procedure starts.

Step 2 – Circumcision

If you are male, the very first step is undergoing circumcision or brit milas. If you are circumcised, you go through a ritual extraction of a drop of blood known as hatafat dam brit. The Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis provide you with a choice regarding hataft dam brit in case you are circumcised.

Step 3 – Rabbinic Court (Beit Din)

After circumcision has completely healed, a Rabbinic Court is then assembled. This is a 3-person court that is comprised of one rabbi and two observant Jews who have a deep knowledge of the laws of conversion. The court determines your sincerity by evaluating your motivation, knowledge, and your intentions to live as a Jew.

Furthermore, for traditional Jews, you must first ascent to the kabbalat ol ha-mitzvot, that is the acceptance of the yoke of commandments – the willingness to live under the validity and commitment to the performance of the commandments. Liberal rabbis ask for a commitment to perform the selected commandments.

Step 4 – Ritual Bath (Mikveh)

After the court is assured the convert’s sincerity, the convert then immerses into a mikveh or a ritual pool, as well as an ocean or the lake if the ritual pool is unavailable. In other cases, a swimming pool can be used although only specific non-Orthodox authorities allow a swimming pool. The water is usually symbolic of liminality, or the in-between state, of the candidate. The immersion referred to as tevillah cleanses the convert of the past misdeeds and prepares the candidate for a different destiny and future.

Following the immersion, the convert is then officially considered a Jew and can now recite legitimately the blessing for immersion which involves the words ‘who has sanctified us with the commandments.’

Step 5 – Hebrew Name

Now the convert takes a Hebrew name. However, the name only isn’t sufficient to find someone in the Jewish tradition. When the Jews are summoned to the Torah, or to sign legal documents, their parents’ names are included in their Hebrew name to find them in the Jewish spiritual space. Traditionally, the convert adopts Braham and Sara as their spiritual parents and in legal instances is known as ‘ben Avraham Avinu’, also known as ‘son of our Father, Abraham, as well as ‘bat Sarah Imenu’ also known as ‘the daughter of our Mother, Sarah.’

Step 6 – Post Conversion Period

Life after conversion can be challenging. This is because the convert is required to reestablish your relations with your birth parents and develop new ones with the newly acquired Jewish families. However, with persistence, patience, and the realization that the e

The process of converting to Judaism requires penetration of the innermost character as well as spiritual being, and demanding a thorough examination of one’s behavior and other things which can culminate in the conversion to a brand-new identity. Besides, due to the consequences to both the convert’s psyche and to Jewish people – especially at times when the conversion to Judaism was barred by most ruling powers – rabbis always urge those who want to convert to consider their motivations.

Countries with the Largest Jewish Population

It is obvious which country has the largest Jewish population. However, there may be a surprise in this list. The statistics in this roundup are supported by the Jewish Virtual Library which is a project of American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise referred to as AICE. There is an estimate of more than thirteen million Jewish people across the globe, though the largest population is in Israel.

Many of those who practiced Jewish faith were dispersed from their homelands during the years of persecution and anti-Semitism. Most sought refuge in other countries in Europe. They were dispersed again during the World Wars. Below is a roundup of the countries with the largest Jewish population.

1.     Israel

Israel has an estimate of 6,014,000 Jews. They make up 75 percent of the population in Israel and also the largest Jewish population in the globe. The origin of Israel in 1948 led to the mass immigration of Jews into the country. Israel has Arabs and Muslims as well as it located on Palestinians territories.

2.     United States of America

The USA takes the second position after Israel with a population of approximately 5,425,000 Jews. What lies behind this population is the fact that majority of Jews who resided in the European countries fled to the USA because they were discriminated. The United States of America was a suitable place where they could freely practice their religious rituals and express themselves without being discrimination as it was in Europe in the 20th century.

The Ashkenazi makes the largest Jewish population in America with approximately 90 percent; they’re the Jewish diaspora population which originates from the Jews who settled along Rhine River which lies in Northern France and Western Germany.

3.     France

France has an approximate of 478,000 Jewish population. There are mainly found in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse regions. Many French Jews suffered from anti-Semitism, but most of them managed to survive the Holocaust. They later migrated to France from the French colonies of North Africa and Mediterranean in the 19th century. Currently, the Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews are the majority.

4.     Canada

Canada takes the fourth slot with a Jewish population of 380,000. Most Jewish in Canada are mainly found in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Canada has a diverse pool of doctrines of Jewish faith such as the Canadian Jews of Sephardi, Mizrahi, and Ashkenazi background are welcomed there.

Besides, the first Jews in Canada were from of British origin who served in the British army. They immigrated to Canada due to the terrible anti-Sematic crime practiced against them in Europe.

5.     United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a population of 290,000 Jews. It takes the second largest Europe country with Jewish population after France. The first Jews in Britain around in 1070 and were indefinitely banned from the country of 200 years. They were then allowed resettlement in the UK in the 19th century.

In the 21st century, everyone is free to practice his or her faith. All prospects of all regions showing tolerance, support, and respect are encouraged.