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Jtube: Orange is the New Black: Conversion

Jtube: Orange is the New Black: Conversion

What draws people to convert to Judaism?

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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) lee, July 14, 2015 6:48 PM

I am a convert and I can not explain it any other way: I have found my people. My family

(4) Rachel, June 30, 2015 8:39 PM

I can only answer for myself:

I'm a convert from Roman Catholicism. Here are my reasons: I have always known/believed in G-d. I have always felt G-d's presence in my life, even as a small child. While growing up Catholic, of course that meant I said those prayers, read the New Testament, etc. But I was also extremely attracted to the stories of the "Old" Testament, and I loved the poetry of the Psalms.As an adult, I considered converting to a different Christian denomination, but felt something either lacking or untrue about all of them. I married a Jew. I was excited to become part of a Jewish family. We decided that we would raise our children Jewish. When I realized that the children of a non-Jewish mother are not really Jews, I began the long, soul-searching process of deciding whether I could convert. The main problem I had with that idea was that it would be hurtful to my mom & dad, who were great people with great respect for Jews, but who also were devout Catholics. Part of what made that a bit less fraught for me was the fact that I was adopted by them at birth, so even though I was the biological child of other Christians, there was the possibility that somewhere in my past there had been Jewish ancestors.When I started really thinking about it, I realized that a lot of the things I'd had problems with in Christianity were the same reasons that Jews never accepted the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. In particular, it made no sense to me that the Messiah would have come and then promptly leave again, leaving the world no better than it was before. When I started working with an Orthodox rabbi on my conversion, we took it slowly. We studied not just Jewish practice but also Jewish belief. Keeping kosher took adjusting. Shabbat was much harder, especially for my husband, who had grown up very secular. Akk that was 30 years ago. We have 2 Jewish children. I thank G-d always for his kindness and his People.

(3) Jesse, June 30, 2015 7:47 PM

This can happen

I have converted to Judaism and did so while incarcerated. With the guidance of fellow Jews, the instruction of the representatives from Aleph, Chabad and the acceptance of the congregation in my home town San Francisco I made the long journey successfully. I am an active member of my community and an observant Jew. Although the clip was humorous it struck a cord with me and I am sure with many others. Is there anywhere in the Torah where it it says no one may convert? No and the connection and new path in my life is where I am supposed to be. I look at my time incarcerated as just G_d's way of opening the door I was always meant to enter. I am called Akiva now and am very proud of my namesake. I work everyday at being the best person I can and am proud to say I am Jewish.
Grateful and Home

(2) Ra'anan, June 30, 2015 4:54 PM

didn't...

see that coming. Makes me think that we NEED to start seeing things coming.

(1) Lyone, June 29, 2015 6:33 PM

Superficial in a superficial show

Aside from the use of a clip from this disgusting TV show--that minimizes the horrors of being in prison.........You have raised a good question. But there are many answers to it---more answers than there are people who convert.

Some peoples' reasons are superficial, and their conversions are either temporary and short lived--or they end up trying change Judaism from the inside....something that happens in Reform Congregations a lot. Others may have deeper reasons, that have more to do with genuinely self-motivated insights and stirrings. Like Rabbi Akiva of old, they were always possessors of Jewish souls. Born into a non-Jewish family, for reasons that only Hashem knows, always searching for the truths that would resonate with them.

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