Why You Need a Jewish Bible

Note: This post is geared toward readers interested in conversion, however the points are valid no matter what your background is.  Introduction I finally gave away my Christian Bible earlier this year when we moved from Indiana to my husband's home in Illinois. It was a big study Bible, maybe three or four inches thick, with pretty gold on the edges and a mahogany leather cover. I gave it away because there was no room, but also because I was ready. It was time for it to go.Earlier this … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism

I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs.The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country.The Interview Questions:1) What w … [Read more...]

Community – What Online Conversion Lacks

There seems to be a proliferation of "convert to Judaism" online websites lately. I'm not sure why this is, although it does seem fueled by demand. Judaism is attractive to a lot of people and the internet helps would-be converts find resources and Rabbis. It's a cool thing, really. That should say a lot about the power of Judaism to bring people to the faith without actually proselytizing.Here are just some sites where you can convert online, at least up to the Beit Din and Mikveh … [Read more...]

Fundamentalism / Seeing What We Want

I am converting to Judaism. I have wanted to since I was a child and the desire has only grown as I have aged. It's where my soul belongs, and that's really the bottom line. If I were to strip away the intellectual side, and my experiences with Christianity (which have, despite some of my statements, been positive at times), and my experiences with other Christians, I would still have a strong inner desire to be with the Jewish people. The Torah has always felt right to me. It is my … [Read more...]

The Things You’d Never Have Told Ruth

Nearly everyone who has read the Bible has heard of the story of Ruth. It's a lovely story, and has a good narrative. Ruth's story is both a romance and the epitome of the convert's story. The story goes like this:Naomi has a husband and two sons. They move out of Israel for better economic conditions.Her sons marry non-Jewish women.Her sons and her husband all pass away. The sons and their new wives don't yet have children.Naomi decides to return home to Israel. She tells both … [Read more...]

On Leaving Christianity

So, I have discovered that when you formally make an announcement that you're converting to Judaism, it angers your friends who are fundamentalist/evangelical/not-practicing-but-still Christian. It is apparently more stressful for them to hear that you're rejecting Jesus-as-Messiah than to have you not believe in anything at all.But I'll save that for another post, eh?Right now, I want to talk about leaving Christianity. I was approached by a friend who says I'll soon be a part of … [Read more...]

Shabbat with the Kiddos

I posted before about wanting to do Shabbat more often and have been more-or-less successful at doing that, especially for the past few weeks. My older children seem to enjoy it, despite it being foreign to them. I'm suprised at how easily they have embraced Shabbat traditions. It's been harder for me to get in the routine than for them, really. But they love it - special plates and a special dinner, lots of bread, usually some desserts, lighting the candles and praying over the wine (or grape … [Read more...]