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My Great Grandmother

My Great Grandmother

Greatness leaves an imprint.


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February 3, 2007

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(11) Diane, September 25, 2007 9:22 AM

Lori, thanks so much for this article

I am also in the process of Teshuva. I always questioned what I was taught about religion and the messiah thing. When I was around 17 I discovered Judaism and its teachings. I fell in love with it..I fell in love with the truth. It was then when I found out my great-grandmother was jewish and thus, I decided to do Teshuva. Since then, since 17 I've been trying, but the jewish community in Rio, Brazil is too small and they are ver closed. I'm 21 now and I still couldn't reach an orthodox sinagogue, or even talk to an orthodox person, imagine a Rabbi! However, I'm not giving up, and these things u just said about being here at reading about judaism, praying and learning Torah are a hint this is my mission, that I should come back to my jewish roots as I feel the need in my soul. In Brazil they say my roots are too far away and there's not way I can do teshuva. In theory it's very beautiful, you know, every jew should be encouraged once he/she decides to do teshuva, but in practice, that's not what happens, at least not in Rio, Brazil. I'll keep on trying and one day, b''H, I'll be allowed to pray and live among jews. Thanks a lot for your talks! They really encourage me.

(10) Lydia, May 24, 2007 6:57 PM

Lori, this is an amazing "coinsidence?"

Dear Lori,
I am in the process of Teshuva. It has actually/literally been 19 years in some degree of contemplation. Geography, life, demands, insecurities postponed my process. I have studied on and off on my own through the years and had popped in to a few shuls. The past five months I have been regularly attending an orthodox shul, keeping shomer shabbos and learning everything I can. Tonight, the end of the Shavout holiday, I was feeling a little worn out and leary. I was considering giving up. It is so challenging to work long hours, do my housework after work, spend 24 of the 48 hours I have to myself in observance. I was considering giving up the journey. Then, I played your story. It sent chills up my spine! It was tailor-made for me to hear tonight. You see, I was named after my paternal great-grandmother who raised my father. She immigrated from Jena Germany at age 12 or so. I feel compelled, I feel 'in love' with torah, the psalms, the observances. When I hear certain prayers sung, I have the eary feeling that I've heard them before. Particularly Shalom Alocheim, and Baruch Shaomar. Don't know why. It is such a strong compulsion for me, that if I didn't have to work, all I would do is study. When you mentioned the others pulling for us from another place, that made so much sense to me. Thank-you for your article! B"H

(9) Anonymous, February 14, 2007 8:32 PM

Dear Lori,
I became a Baalas T'shuva when I was 16, 40 years ago, yet I've always felt slightly disconnected. Your story of your great grandmother and the tears that I shed tonite have assured me of my real connection. Thank you.

(8) aliza, February 13, 2007 6:25 PM

love it

So beautiful. If even 1 child of each generation returns, what a blessing. Out of 10 kids in my family in my generation, 2 have returned, and 1 is currently studying. We have great hopes that the one who is studying will find their way back, too.

(7) Dvirah, February 6, 2007 12:08 PM


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