Here’s a picture of my current reading material (and green juice! I had to sneak it in! lol).
“Choosing a Jewish Life: A handbook for people converting to Judaism and for their family and friends” by Anita Diamant.
Rachel and I have been reading chapters of this book together. It does feel a bit premature, as I have yet to start a Judaism 101 or conversion class (currently looking for one), and this book is all about guiding you through the conversion process itself- finding a Rabbi, telling your family and friends, choosing a Hebrew name, and so on. But it also addresses a lot of the questions and worries I have as a potential convert (will I ever feel Jewish? what does it means to be part of a “tribe” in a post-tribal world? can I go through with this even if I have doubts? … and most importantly: is there such a thing as a “conversion party”?). It’s really nice to feel some sense of community with other potential converts and feel like my questions and reactions to Judaism are not unique in the least.
See? Short post. I’ll take up some of the more interesting topics in this book later. Tonight, Shabbat service at one synagogue we are trying; in the morning, we plan to attend another. Shabbat Shalom… almost!