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...]

Watch “Lior – ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ with Nigel Westlake and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra” on YouTube

Shabbat Shalom!Oh,  and this rendition us AMAZING. Please share!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nsta-pykaE&feature=youtube_gdata_player … [Read more...]

….But You Eat Ham, Right?

So, my mom called me the other day. The conversation unfolded like this:Mom: "Hey, I have a question for you.""Okay.""Do you eat ham? "My mind immediately jumped to my inner desire to go vegan. How'd she know? I backtracked...better ask why.Me: "Um yeah, I eat ham. The kids like it too.....why?""Oh, we were trying to decide between ham and turkey for Christmas and since you were converting to Judaism we wondered if you were eating ham."...aha. So we went from not talking about … [Read more...]

Seeing the Humanity in Others


In my time outside of Patheos, I work full-time in the information technology field. Specifically, I work in help desk. I don't do the desktop support side where the person comes to your desk and helps you out. Oh no. I do call center work. Which involves a whole lot of what call center workers call, "scripts". In my world, it is mostly a greeting and a series of questions that will delineate your problem into solveable chunks. It's like a doctor asking about your symptoms. The doctor knows what … [Read more...]

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


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?


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...]