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Fri, Nov. 15th, 2013, 03:30 am
quietpathos: Daf Yomi (Page a Day of the Talmud)


Still in the process, and wondering if anyone else is doing Daf Yomi, where we study a page a day of the Talmud to finish in a little over seven years. If this is the case, the following resources may be helpful:


Another lecture series my rav recommended to me was The Daily Daf. It is in a vlog/video blog format.

Mon, Sep. 10th, 2012, 01:31 pm
traumerin: Kibbutz dati

After a number of years, I am finally working on planning my first trip to Israel. I have been considering doing a Kibbutz ulpan program  and was curious if anyone here had experience with them, or similar programs? In particularly, I am considering doing the Kibbutz dati or "religious" (Orthodox) kibbutz program, but am not sure how the experience would be since I had a Conservative conversion, not Orthodox. I would prefer to be in a religiously observant environment, and am comfortable with Orthodox observance for the duration of a trip, but was unsure whether the situation might be uncomfortable if I were seen as "non-Jewish" by the program organizers. 

Fri, Sep. 9th, 2011, 10:25 pm
iskanderisland: (no subject)

Shabbat Shalom

I have been attending a reform temple for about 2 months, and I only go to Friday evening services because at present I work Saturdays. It took me a long time, as a single gay man, to get up the courage to go it alone with my further interest in Judaism and have already made the decision to press on with a reform conversion over the next two years. It feels like the right time now and I can finally reconcile with other things going on in my life.

I was at first surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone is at shul, and I do find myself sitting in a little section where the gays and the converts (or both) seem to congregate and get equal attention from the various rabbis as everyone else does.

Tonight though, I experienced my first nosy, unfriendly, encounter.

One older man asked where my wife was, as he assumed the woman I usually sit next to is my wife (she's gay). I replied that she isn't my wife and I met her here at shul.

"Oh," he said, " what was your name again?"

Now, my first name is a Christ-ian name so it's a dead giveaway I'm not born and raised Jewish, and it's not the first time I've sensed a raised eyebrow.

Then when I said my name he said, "So what brings YOU here?"

I said well that's a very long story (and frankly none of his business) and then he was distracted by other people to whom he was also trying to be Mr Popular. He then returned and said condescendingly, "So you were telling me the very long story of how you came to be spending time with us here.."

At that point I changed the subject and luckily my "wife" arrived (LOL).

His attitude to my first name and to the fact I was coming there really surprised me. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought it was a mitzvah to be warm and welcoming at shul and also considered impolite to enquire as to a person's Jewishness.

It made me very uncomfortable, but won't stop me attending. I just wanted to know about others experiences along these lines.

Wed, Jul. 25th, 2012, 10:29 am
freuen: Terminology During Conversion

I just joined the community and this is my first post, but I have been looking through the archives and I am so glad that a community like this exists!

Is there a single term that encompasses what an individual is while they are in the process of converting? I do not want to have to explain the conversion process to everybody who asks why I do not go out on Friday nights or Saturdays, but at the same time it feels disingenuous to say that I am Jewish before I have formally converted.

Does anybody have any suggestions for a term that I could use/call myself?

[cross-posted to http://weirdjews.livejournal.com/]

Sun, Jul. 22nd, 2012, 02:16 pm
jkfc: Petition to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem

President Barack Hussein Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1111

Dear Mr. President,

On October 23, 1995, the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, requiring that the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999. The law recognized that every nation has the right to designate its own capital and that Israel has so designated Jerusalem as its capital city.

In order to placate Israel’s and America’s enemies abroad, President Bill Clinton signed a national security waiver of the act in June 1999. This injustice has since been replicated by each succeeding President, including you, President Obama, every six months since the waiver was originally signed.

We believe that the time is long overdue for this injustice to be righted. We especially believe this time is important, as Israel’s enemies have been raising the rhetoric regarding Jerusalem.
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Please help to distribute this petition. Thank you.
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Пожалуйста помогите рапространить эту петицию. Спасибо.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2012, 06:12 pm
threnody: Help! Mezuzah anxiety!

So I'm (finally) nearing the end of my conversion, and my mother is buying me mezuzah scrolls + cases for my birthday. Two for the outside doors and one for my bedroom (the rest of the house is shared). I found a place where I can get scrolls for not too much, but I am having lots of anxiety about weatherproof cases. I live in Canada and both outdoor mezuzot would be exposed to the elements (no storm door). That's a lot of variation in heat and cold, moisture, humidity, etc. Self-sticking mezuzot are out because I don't trust them to stick, but those happen to be the ones I trust best for weatherproofing (basically the clear tubes).

So, advice on weatherproof cases? Will 'weather resistant' cut it, or should I go with the stick-on tube and just be vigilant about making sure the sticky still sticks? I have an anxiety disorder and this is kind of triggering me all over the place (conversion anxiety, very expensive item getting ruined anxiety, etc). Help?

Mon, Feb. 27th, 2012, 03:12 pm
ex_swaggerd: Appointment tomorrow!

So I have an appointment with a woman who works at the local synagogue tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, she just called and asked me some of the basic questions and I'm afraid I didn't make the best first impression. I think I kind of sounded like I just wanted in because I want to be a Jew rather than having anything to do with the religion itself. This isn't true. Any tips on making a better impression tomorrow morning?

Sun, Jan. 29th, 2012, 10:53 am
kaylahasnosense: Hi.

This is my first post on here (ever).  

I'm living in a part of Florida where there are barely any observant Jewish. Where I live is sometimes called "The mini Bible belt" after a street lined with churches. I probably wouldn't be able to take a conversion class anyway, as I am under 18. My parents are both Christian. My dad is non-denominational while my mom is Catholic. I've wanted to convert for years, but just started telling a few close friends. 

I'm not sure which movement of Judaism I want to convert with, although I'm pretty sure I've eliminated Orthodox. I've stopped eating pig and shellfish, although I'm finding it hard to keep kosher entirely, as I'm still living at my mom's house. I want to find a Jewish community that shares my beliefs of equality and feminism. 

Ok, hi!

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012, 01:06 pm
ex_swaggerd: Hiya!

Hi, I'm Rachel. I'm thinking about converting. I've actually been thinking about it since I was a kid and didn't even know what converting was. I've always had a very strong connection with the Jewish culture and people. I can't explain it. It's like I have the deepest feeling in my heart that I belong there. I'm actually quite possibly Jewish by birth. Only caveat is that my Mom lost all contact with her birth mother's side of the family when she was five years old due to family drama. She was adopted into her father's family and took up their surname: Kratzer. If Jewish law went by the paternal lineage then I would no doubt be considered lawfully Jewish. But they don't. I think it's created a lot of personal identity issues in my life because I can't without a shadow of a doubt claim to be who I feel I am.

So, back to the converting. There is exactly one synagogue in my city. They are Reconstructionist. This works for me because I appreciate and share many of their beliefs. So my question is how do I bring up the issue of conversion with the Rabbi? What if he's not willing to be of any guidance? Also, how much about Judaism should I know prior to speaking with him? Also, is it wrong to want to convert for more than just the religious aspect?

I'm just really confused and excited and anxious and worried right now. I feel that I have finally reached a point in my life where I am ready to begin the process but I'm worried it won't happen or I'll do something to mess it up.


Sun, Dec. 11th, 2011, 09:46 pm
loveahava: conservative in Seattle

Anyone here in Seattle and converting Conservative? Is the only option really Beth Shalom? I've not been but I think I missed their class by like two months. I went to a bigger shul in DC with a lot going on and a great rabbi, so switching is kind of jarring. I'm trying to figure out some of the Jewishly happening things in Seattle, and it seems like the Conservative community is rather small.

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