One “Convert’s” Story – Christian Pastor to Jewish Rabbi

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I really enjoyed this youtube video. The speaker accurately describes the slow process from one point to another that conversion involves. It's a process that changes the mind, heart, and soul. What happens is that small truths are unveiled, one by one, until the old faith is no longer home. For me, is started with questioning when I was young. Logically, some things didn't add up. And in practice, things didn't add up. My heart was also elsewhere.It has taken a decade of very slow learning … [Read more...]

How Long Does Conversion to Judaism Take?

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Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RoyLindmanDavidsStarAriAshkenaziSynagogue.jpg One question I get asked frequently is, "How long does it take to convert to Judaism?"Lately, the conversation has gone something like this: Them: You converted to Judaism, right?Me: Actually, I'm still in the process.Them: Really? How long does that take?Me: As long as it takes.Them: *blink*Me: Um...somewhere around a year or two. Or until I'm ready.... That … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

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Image sourced from thisreidwrites 2013 is a pretty special year when it comes to kicking off the winter sprint of American holidays, because this year Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah occur on the same day. It's being dubbed everything from "Thanksgivingukkah" to "Thanksgivukkah". I prefer the latter, but I've seen it all.ThanksgivingThanksgiving is annually celebrated by Americans on the fourth Thursday of November. Its status as a national holiday did not occur until … [Read more...]

Making Time for Shabbat

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 One of my absolute favorite Jewish bloggers in the entirety of the internet is Rabbi Ruth Adar of The Coffee Shop Rabbi. Her entire blog is geared toward those interested in learning more about living Judaism, either because they weren't raised religious or because they, like me, are converting. She has posts on everything from being "Jewish enough" to welcoming others to Shabbat meals. It's a great blog that I recommend subscribing to.So, I swear that Rabbi Adar posts on the very … [Read more...]

How Elmo is Helping Me Convert to Judaism

Once upon a time when it was way too late for 18 month-olds to be awake, my son sang gleefully from beneath the covers. "Elmo's world!" he said as he tapped my phone with fingernail. His feet kicked happily.You see, he's become quite attached to the show since he discovered it on Netflix. Since then, it's been the go-to show alongside a few other PBS favorites (Dinosaur Train, better known as "Grr! Roar!" to my toddler, is one such show) when we need a safe distraction for our rambunctious to … [Read more...]

Jewish Food Quiz!

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My lovely friend Annette posted this link on her Facebook page, so I thought I'd share. I've had a few of these - 24, actually!  How about you?Some of my favorites include corned beef in ANYTHING, horseradish, and homemade rye with caraway seeds. And I recently discovered the use of challah as French toast. wow! I blame it all on east coast blood and Germanic roots. Or maybe I just have great taste buds?So here it is -  List Challenges - Jewish FoodNow for recipes! I need to some th … [Read more...]

Spiritual Baggage, plus Advice for Visiting Synagogues

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Spiritual baggage. We all have it, whether we’ve stayed in our birth religion or if we’ve left it like a bad ex. Like relationship baggage, it tints all new spiritual experiences. We can’t help but compare new experiences, rituals, and beliefs to old ones. It’s a part of how we think, really. We relate one idea to another, and then form new ideas.Christianity, especially the more fundamental or conservative branches, seems to cause some hefty spiritual baggage for individuals, at least here i … [Read more...]


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