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QUESTION: I have heard that Jews who convert to Christianity are spiritually dead, but I have trouble believing that. Is this true? Are Christian Jews lost forever?

ANSWER: Luke,

Judaism believes that everyone has an opportunity to see the error of his ways and return to his roots.
Even someone who forsakes his religion has the opportunity to repent and return.

Hope this helps.

Tzvi

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QUESTION: You have made it clear that Jews who forsake the truth are punished. I am very anxious to know if this is the twelve-month refinement process or the eternal contempt mentioned in Daniel 12:2?

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Luke,

I don't see where you see in my response anything about punishment?

Regarding your question whether a convert out of the religion is part of the eternal contempt, I believe Maimonides is of that particular position. However, there may be a huge difference in severity depending on the motivation behind the conversion. And again, if he repents before he dies then he has the power to overcome this eternal contempt. Such is the power of tshuva.

Hope this helps somewhat. I apologize if this is not the forum for more detail on this particular question.

Take care Luke.

Tzvi

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As a scholar of Judaic Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years, I am happy to answer any of your questions regarding Jewish Law and its meaning as well as general Jewish philosophy. Thousands of years of Jewish religious scholarship teaches us to always ask questions. From the Talmud to this very day, scholars have been consistently questioning premises and concepts that exist in Jewish thought. Never be afraid to ask! The answer may change your life. I will not answer questions pertaining to Christianity or Jesus.

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I have been a scholar of Jewish Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years and I have been responding to online questions for close to 10 years.

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Have been published in numerous (Hebrew) Academic publications.

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B.A. in Judaica Studies and Ethics.

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