The Jerusalem Council

A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Disciples of Messiah Yeshua

Jewish Conversion

Many people ask how to convert to Judaism through the Jewish sect of HaDerech, also known as The Way, or Messianic Judaism.

Jewish Conversion Process

The process of Jewish Conversion is:

1. Repent by keeping the Covenant (Return to the Torah, get circumcised if male, and commit to the Torah).

Deuteronomy 6:3, 30:2; Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 4:40; 29:9,19

2. Believe Yeshua is the Messiah, and that he is coming as the King (Obey everything He commands, which is the Torah).

Genesis 3:15, 15:6, Numbers 27:15-18, Deuteronomy 32:15; 33:29; Exodus 23:21, Leviticus 18:5, Deuteronomy 30:19

3. Be immersed in the name of Yeshua, witnessed by others (Go through a mikveh in his name.)

Genesis 4:26, Exodus 14:22, 19:10, Leviticus 17:16, Deuteronomy 28:10

A beit din (Jewish court) of at least one ordained rabbi and two recognized Jews by the community are needed to oversee and confirm your conversion to Judaism and therefore provide you with a conversion certificate.

Necessary Changes

New converts are immediately expected to:

1. Keep from idol worship and idol sacrifices.

2. Keep from eating blood.

3. Keep from eating meat that has been strangled.

4. Keep from fornication.

Further Instructions

It is expected that wherever possible, new converts will join a local synagogue of Covenant members, or move within walking distance of one, so that Covenant community life can be entered into its fullest; whereby they can learn to keep the Torah, the Messiah, the Covenant, which has been read since ancient times in the synagogues on every Sabbath.

Your New Identity

By converting to the Jewish faith, converts are therefore:

  • Confirmed as HaShem’s people (Deuteronomy 29:13).
  • HaShem is their G-d (Deuteronomy 29:13).
  • They are adopted as the offspring of Abraham (Genesis 12:5, 13:16).
  • They are members of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 29:14-15).
  • Their father is HaShem (Deuteronomy 32:6).
  • Their mother is the Torah (Proverbs 1:8).
  • Their fathers are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Deuteronomy 29:13).
  • Their mothers are Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah (Deuteronomy 29:13).
  • Their husband is the Messiah (Genesis 3:16).
  • They are considered fully Jewish (Esther 8:17)
  • They are not to be oppressed (Exodus 22:21, Deuteronomy 23:15-16)
  • They are not to be reminded of their gentile (pagan) past by others (Deuteronomy 26:5).

The Cost

It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to G-d.
Yaakov b. Yosef ha-Tzaddik, Acts 15:19

Converting is easy. Being a convert is not. We must make you aware that the cost of conversion will include your way of life, your job, your family, and may even cost you your very life. There is a cost that comes with conversion to Judaism, since anti-semitism still exists in its various nasty forms all over the world. Within Judaism, there is an even greater cost with identifying as a member of the Jewish sect of HaDerech since we do believe that Yeshua is the Messiah in full accordance with what is written about him in the Torah, the Prophets, and Writings. This designation of “Messianic Jew” leads our brethren in other sects to assume we believe all kinds of things that are not true. You will be misrepresented, mistreated, and shunned. Our Master Rebbe, Yeshua ben Yosef, ha Moshiach, He is risen indeed, promises us that we will face difficulties, hardships, trials, persecutions, and for some, even death at the hands of those who sincerely believe they are doing G-d a favor.

Due to multiple levels of misunderstandings due to false pretenders claiming to be Messianic Jews who deny the Torah and teach others to do the same, other sects of Judaism erroneously view HaDerech as the gravest threat to their existence. If their many views and caricatures of us in this regard were in fact right, then we too would agree with them in concluding that “Messianic Judaism” is a threat to the Jewish faith! But we challenge even the most learned Talmudic scholars to engage us directly on these issues that divide us, so that we may begin removing these misconceptions, as we all seek teshuvah, that is, the return to the Torah, the Truth who we believe is the Messiah. It is only with teshuvah will the truth be realized in full.

Yeshua said we will be put out of the assembly, meaning the Temple, which also includes the synagogues, and this happens to this very day. Converts must expect this and find it pure joy that we serve the living Messiah for whom we endure such persecution. We alone can not fix the misunderstandings and repair a breach that has lasted for almost 2000 years. We can only change ourselves, and in that we can only repent, to make teshuvah back to the Torah that is the foundation and boundary for who we are, the foundation and boundary for what we believe, and the foundation and boundary for how we live. The Torah is the centrality and foundation of Messianic Judaism. It always was, and always will be. This fact alone must be realized, or else one will ultimately be wide open to accept a false Messiah, preach a false Messiah, and lead others into following a false Messiah, for which the scriptures are clear will only lead to death.

Various sects of Christianity denounce Messianic Jews as being “under the law” and not “under grace,” phrases and concepts written by a learned rabbi who most likely served on the Sanhedrin, and maintained that he was a Pharisee when he himself was put on trial for his faith in Messiah Yeshua. Those concepts are just as equally, if not more so, seriously misunderstood and misrepresented by those who may claim to be Messianic Jews, and as such many Christian congregations and communities will also remove you from their midst.

After reading all of that, and understanding the costs involved with your decision, and if you still want to make teshuvah and finally experience true simcha (joy) of Messianic Jewish conversion, then Shalom aleichem, Peace unto you. By keeping the Covenant, the Messiah, you will be blessed in this World and in the Word to Come. That is all there is to it, but then again, keeping the Covenant, the Messiah, is the cost.

Welcome to the Way. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.
Yeshua, Yochanan 5:46

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