“I Was Afraid to Tell My Jewish Father that We Were Baptized”

Interview with Margarita Kaplun, a Jew who converted to Orthodoxy by Fr. George Maximov The journey of Margarita Kaplun, a woman of Jewish descent and a daughter of an Assistant Rabbi. After personally experiencing the power of praying to Our Lord Jesus Christ, she was baptized and led her parents to faith. Father George Maximov: Hello! You are watching "My Path to God." The guest of today’s program is Margarita. She is an accountant. Please tell us about yourself and your background. Margarita Kaplun: I was born in a Jewish family. My father was an Assistant Rabbi. We didn’t go to synagogue often, but celebrated the feast days at home. … [Read more...]

Beauty, Mystery, and Divine Magnetism: A Conversion Story

by Silouan A conversion story sure to open some eyes, and some hearts. I often hear stories from people I’ve met along the way about the path that lead them to Orthodoxy. More often than not‚ these stories involve books by particular authors or saints whose writings made an influence on their perspective and opened them up to the wealth of the teachings of the Church. These are stories of beautiful and brilliant minds seeking truth amidst the pages of history‚leaving no stone unturned until they found the true path. I sincerely wish I could give you such a brave story of my conversion. The thing is‚ I can’t manage to retrace my steps … [Read more...]

The Roots of Jewish Christian Worship by Fr. James Bernstein

Jews for Jesus / Messianic Judaism co-founder James Bernstein speaks on the Roots of Jewish Christian Worship.James was a key figure, leaving New York with Moishe Rosen to the San Fransisco Bay area in 1970, to start a new mission outreach for Jews. James had a jacket embroidered with "Jews for Jesus" and this is where Moishe got the name from. A number of the early co-founders started to educate themselves on Christianity history and the early Church and eventually left the Protestant Messianic movement to join the Holy Orthodox Church, where he found the majority of all Judaic roots in worship still alive today.   The Roots … [Read more...]

The Jewish Confessor of Orthodoxy

The Story of Aleksander Jacobson Commemorated September 8 (†1930) They hated Me without a cause   John 15:25 I N THE YEAR 1929, in the frightful concentration camp of Solovki, beginning with the end of winter there was a great increase of scurvy, and towards spring out of 18,000 prisoners of the fourth division of the camp (the division that occupied the island of Solovki itself), the number of those afflicted reached 5,000. I, as an imprisoned physician, was offered, apart from my usual work, to take upon myself the supervision of one of the new scurvy barracks for 300 prisoners. When I came to this barracks I was met by a young Jewish … [Read more...]