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April 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm #2217


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February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm #5517


I wish everyone felt this way.

(We’ve been married for just over a year.)

My “soon to be exwife” doesn’t share your attitude. In the past few months she has started “jumping” on me more and more because I’m Christian.

I have always been supportive of her and tried to learn as much as I can about her faith and the holidays. But there is a limit of what you can learn on line. So I have always also asked her to tell me what things ment, because I wanted to know what it means to her. (not what it means to a stranger on the internet.)

However, she repeatedly pushes me back to the internet for information.

The long and short of it is that I love this woman and I am not opposed to the idea of conversion. I just want to learn more and don’t feel that something like this should be rushed. In addition to that, as I’ve mentioned, I’m Christian and there are the obvious stumbling blocks that I’d need to deal with before even really considering convertion.

Sometimes you can’t win for trying.


April 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm #5681

@ Doug, I am sorry you are having to go through that.  I don’t feel Judaism should be pushed on anyone.
We had an Intro to Judaism class that I went through before converting in Reform.  Just like the article said, it was more like a come if you want and if you don’t return, well no one will be bugging you.
There was one gentleman and his wife that had a young son, age 5 or 6 and a newborn.  He went through the class, the children are being raised Jewish, but he did not feel he could commit.  I think everyone was fine with it.  We both had come from the same previous religion, so we had a few deep discussions about the implications of becoming a Jew.  I still feel he will be an associate member of our synagogue community especially since he is a parent.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

In regard to the article, I saw Charlotte’s Conversion, one must remember Sex in the City is a comedy and not a documentary.  It was not very realistic, but it was entertaining.  Sometimes I do feel a little Charlotte-like around my boyfriend’s family especially if I try to say anything in Yiddish.  Let me get the Hebrew under control first.  My JBB grandmother came from a different Jewish community where German was the primary language and she never really said anything in Yiddish.  Sometimes I even understand the Yiddish because it is so close to the German I learned.  It’s a little sad under the circumstances.

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