Our Story Takes a Dramatic Twist

We always knew that my husband's great grandfather was a prominent Rabbi in Washington DC.  We knew little more besides that he had fled Russia in one of the many pogroms there and that my husband's father had, sadly, had contact with that part of his family cut off when he was four years old … Continue reading Our Story Takes a Dramatic Twist

Questions and Answers – How OUR Beis Din Went

I expected to be asked mind-twisting questions on kosher law...or Shabbos observance.  In our first meeting with a Beis Din, 6 years ago before we moved to Alaska, I'd been asked some doozies.  This time, though, it was different.  Yes, they wanted to make sure we knew how to be observant, but the main focus … Continue reading Questions and Answers – How OUR Beis Din Went

Why You Should Not Pursue an “Open Orthodox Conversion” – An Article

I should preface this with, "If your intention is to live within an Orthodox community and be accepted as a Jew most places, including Israel and for your children to be seen as legitimate Jews in Israel and among Orthodox Jews."  There are plenty of converts for whom these really aren't serious concerns and who … Continue reading Why You Should Not Pursue an “Open Orthodox Conversion” – An Article

The Downside of a Long Conversion Process

I've written a lot about the good sides of having a long Orthodox Jewish conversion process and I think there are some obvious downsides, but there is one downside that became readily apparent recently that I hadn't really stopped to think about and has come up for us. You can become TOO comfortable with being … Continue reading The Downside of a Long Conversion Process

What Israel Means to Me as a Non-Jew in the Conversion Process

Years ago, in 2011, I traveled to Israel.  At the time, we thought that we were close to completing our conversion process and it was important to me to see Israel before that happened.  I wanted to see the land of my prayers and see if I felt a connection to it.  To me, to … Continue reading What Israel Means to Me as a Non-Jew in the Conversion Process

Rockets Fall in Israel

A branch not yet fully grafted to the tree fragile, only just beginning to be connected looks back at the trunk, solid and strong drawing strength knowing it is there once a strange land, now home the branch wavers in a strong wind fearful of the coming storm the trunk stands resolute having weathered many … Continue reading Rockets Fall in Israel

Preparing for Shavuos and the Conversion that Wasn’t

Over a year ago, we sat in our Rabbi's office and he promised, honestly and earnestly, that our conversion journey would finally end in the mikvah the coming April.  This April slipped by with little fanfare and drama, peacefully but busily, as we prepared for our move.  At this point, there is no more timeline … Continue reading Preparing for Shavuos and the Conversion that Wasn’t