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

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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

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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...]


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