Can a Jewish Convert Become A Rabbi?

Yes, absolutely. A Rabbi should not be confused with the priests of biblical times, since there is no real connection between being associated with a family of priests and becoming a Rabbi. Conversion is taken very seriously in the Jewish tradition, and it takes time, commitment and education to be an ideal Jewish convert who is also eligible to become a Rabbi.

However, there is a constraint for a Jewish onvert willing to become an Orthodox Rabbi. He should have had his conversion supervised by an Orthodox Rabbi in good standing, and undergo the entire procedure according to Halacha. In order to avoid future problems, one has to make sure that the entire conversion is legitimate, and is approved by those who have the most constraint level of acceptance.

In any branch of Judaism, there is no discrepancy regarding the acceptance of convert as a Rabbi, but the main argument lies in the fact that whether the person has undergone conversion correctly or not. What constitutes a kosher conversion is a different issue, but it’s important to know the difference between a priest and a Rabbi. The latter is someone who has spent a good amount of time gaining extensive knowledge about Jewish tradition, and he is not considered to be closer to God than any other follower.

Leading a congregation, delivering sermons and conducting religious ceremonies is something that any Jewish convert can do with proper Rabbinical ordination. In fact, a trained Rabbi can also be a teacher, lawyer or an engineer. It’s the knowledge about Judaism that grants them the title of Rabbi and there is nothing like carrying the blood of a Jew or being blessed with supernatural powers in order to attain the authoritative position.