So Binyamin, you're still living with a ghetto mentality? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Reuben Jacobs, London
    • 16.05.13 | 15:45 (IDT)

    Historically, (for instance the times of Solomon) it was not difficult to convert to Judaism and there is evidence that Jews even proselytized). Yes there doesn't appear to be much evidence of forced conversion which is to be applauded. The first ever instances of obstacles put in the way of conversion to Judaism happened after the fall of the 2nd temple, when Jews were living as subjects of Christian or Muslim rulers. As these states used religion as the justification for their power, they were worried about losing the faithful to other religions (and therefor losing their power base). In order to head-off possible expulsion or massacre, Jewish leaders sought to assure the monarchs that they would not only not seek new converts but that they would place obstacles in the way. As I said, this is ghetto mentality. Jews are no longer in the ghettos. Israel is a sovereign nation. No need for ghetto mentality any more.

    from the article: Ten reasons conversion to Judaism has failed
    First published 21:54 15.05.13 | Last updated 21:54 15.05.13
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