Author Archives: Rabbi Juan Mejia

Rabbi Juan Mejia

About Rabbi Juan Mejia

was born in Bogotá, Colombia. After discovering the Jewish roots of his family, he embarked on a spiritual journey that lead him back to the religion and the people of his ancestors. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia and a summa cum laude Master´s Degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NY. He plans to devote his life to the Torah education of both Jews and descendants of anusim wherever they may be. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oklahoma City, OK. He was recently appointed as the coordinator for the Southwest for the Jewish non-profit organization Bechol Lashon.

A Question of Perspective

Rabbi Juan Mejia
June 3, 2013

Diaspora Jews, whether they be Zionist or Post-Zionist, share one thing when it comes to judging Israel across the pond: we see (in many cases we choose to see) Israel through the lenses of our own idealized images of what we want it to be.  Whether it is the flag waving technicholor Leon Uris-esque classical More »

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Dangerous Convert Rabbis (and the Pope)

Rabbi Juan Mejia
April 24, 2013

“You might not know it, but convert rabbis are among us.  They have infiltrated our rabbinical seminaries for over two decades and, now, they likely run some of our congregations, hold influence and sway in our institutions, teach our children at day schools, Hebrew schools and Hillels across the nation.  These rabbis, my dear fellow More »

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Misheberakh upon filing your taxes

Rabbi Juan Mejia
March 22, 2013

Ribbono shel Olam, Master of all the Universe, who knows the name of every star in the heavens and can count each grain of sand under the stars, who accounts for every thought in of the human heart, help me now.  Grant me the honesty to correctly assess my duties, knowing that these are the More »

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The Jewish Art of Moonwalking

Rabbi Juan Mejia
February 6, 2013

From North Korea to Ancient Rome, in their pantheons and monuments, most nations of the world depict the leader, emperor, or caesar as a visionary man (alas, seldom a woman) with his eyes fiercely set into the future, often with a pointed finger (or better yet a sword) leading the way forth.  This artistic motif More »

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The Heretical Blessings of Torah

Rabbi Juan Mejia
May 14, 2012

Most of my rabbinical activity is dedicated to teaching people who did not grow up with a clearly defined Jewish identity or who are converting to the Jewish people from without.  In this capacity,  I had always found it very challenging to teach Tanach to this crowd.  It was easy to teach them Jewish Law More »

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