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Once an evangelical pastor, Yaakov Parisi shares the fascinating story of his lifelong journey to becoming Jewish. Recorded at Chabad of Oxford University.

A Pastor’s Journey to Judaism

A Pastor’s Journey to Judaism

Yaakov Parisi is a former Evangelical minister whose lifelong spiritual quest led him and his wife, Sarah, to become Jewish. They reside today in Israel.
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September 23, 2014
ahaahah incredible, the same feeling that I had when I realizied that JUdaism is the truth, mazal tov.
June 20, 2013
Very good, my study was the same being raised a Lutheran. I asked many questions, was told that its just the was it is and was never given any answers. Discovered on my own that all our traditions were pagan traditions. Was told if i don't agree with it start my own church. Well that wasn't for me. I'm not a leader, but I am also not a blind sheep, I think for my self and question everything. Eventually I lost all my faith and am now an atheist.
Blaine MN
February 16, 2013
Thank you!
His story is so inspirational to me. I am in the converstion process now so much of his story is similar to mine. I went to a messianic congregation for almost a year and I said "what am I doing...." and I looked into all the work by Tovia singer, and Jews for Judaism, ect and after a year I realized I wanted to convert.
January 1, 2013
Incredible, powerful, and uplifting
I really enjoyed this a lot. I spend a lot of time listening to classes here, and I have to say that this one is really one of the best ones I have ever heard. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us.

As another poster mentioned above, I am a Jew from birth, and I came away with a lot.
Leah in VA
July 31, 2012
Astonishing Video!
G-d Bless You and the Entire World to Love One Another In Peace and Truth!
Be''ezrat Hashem the Beit HaMikdash Mamash Kol Yisrael in Yerushalayim Mayata vad Olam., New York
January 19, 2012
Jewish blood
one day, finances permiting I will have my mother's dna checked. They can use the old sample I gave for my father's dna. Interesting how the Scottish and Irish have a long mythos of being ancient Israelites. I wonder if one day that can be proven. The Danites were seafarers and had colonies in Greece and beyond a long time ago. I'm not talking about British Israelism--but scattered Israelite trading colonies. It would be great if dna eventually proves it. G-d's prophecy would come true today. G-d bless. I hope to visit Israel some day soon. I am saving for the trip already.
Niceville, FL
January 15, 2012
To Joseph
Thank you for defending Israel. Every good word helps a whole lot.

I thought that maybe the Jewish blood was from your mother's side, i.e., great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, which makes a person a born Jew. But not if it's from the father.

With best wishes,
Jerusalem, Israel
January 9, 2012
Jewish blood
my Jewish blood came from my grandmother on my fatrher's side. I had my dna done on that side. It showed a percentage of Ashkenazi. My grandmother was a Simmons, Renana Simmons. Here grandfather was from Kiel Germany. I think they had not been practicing for a few generations. I haven't had my mothers side checked; but she was Irish. Having been orphaned at 3 that's all I know about her. I have always felt a strong pull toward Israel--and often defend her when I hear people bashing her. I support Israel in every way I can. Albeit small but I hope it makes a difference.
Niceville, FL
January 7, 2012
Joseph Jan.2
You mentioned that you have Jewish blood in your heritage. Just out of curiosity, is this from your mother's side or your father's side?
Jerusalem, Israel
January 2, 2012
Nice video
This is a nice conversion story. I think your Catholic experience is not the same as everyone. I have some Jewish heritage, not raised, strictly blood. I became Catholic in 2008.
The Catholic mass is a copy of the old Jewish temple worship when you disect it, to a "T". I love and embrace my Catholic faith. I feel it draws me closer to G-d.
Unlike evangelicals I don't feel Jews must convert to Chistianity. G-d made a covenant with Israel for all time. Find G-d. Seek him out. When you seek him with your heart you will find him. G-d bless.
Niceville, FL
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