Now that THAT’S out of my system, and despite how I’m currently a Lutheran, there are worse choices than Catholicism. That said, Lutheranism has most of the good parts of Catholicism without the crazier parts, like its misogyny. That’s why I chose to raise my daughters Evangelical Lutheran. I still miss other crazier parts, like BINGO and Marianism, but I’m happy my daughters don’t have to feel like second-class members. (I’m also looking at YOU, Missouri Synod! It’s no fun being compared with the papists, is it? :mad: )
They do not need any formal re-conversion ceremony.
Not as such, although if the person is a particularly outspoken apostate, he might find people not counting him for a minyan (quorum of ten men required for certain public prayers) unless he was equally public about his return to faithful observance.
(1) Being Jewish is about birth/tribal membership/ethnicity rather than simply about beliefs. In much the same way that an Italian who becomes an American citizen is still viewed as being “Italian” (even if hyphenated.)
(2) After centuries of forced conversions, Judaism did not want to put any obstacles in the way of those who wanted to return, especially when their conversion was the alternative to being burned to death.
Nonetheless, I have the distinct impression that in Orthodox practice it is forbidden to mourn the yotze’im bish’eila. Am I crazy on this point? I also have the distinct impression that a Jew who publicly and voluntarily converted to another religion might well have his Orthodox family sit shiva for him at that time and consider him dead. I may be drawing an inaccurate conclusion because I don’t recall a scholarly resource on this; it was from Sholom Aleichem’s “Tevye and His Daughters.”
A slight deviation off topic here ,alright a big one then if Jews,Muslims and Christians are all "people of the book"as Muslims put it then strictly speaking then Satanists are aswell having the same basic Universe construct but seen from a different viewpoint.
Its alright I ll shut up now.