Personal Conversion Experiences
Those Who Have Chosen Judaism
"I may have been born in the wheat fields of Oklahoma, but I was born with a Jewish soul. From the age of 13, I read about the People of Israel and the G-d who is echad (one). With all of my heart I wanted to be a Jew, but at that time I believed it was not possible. How could an Okie-White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant change his spots? I buried that hope and became the best Christian I could be. It was all a small farm boy could imagine. Though my understanding was misguided, my heart never stopped its longing.I graduated from a Southern Baptist University and became a minister. Through the years I earned my doctorate in Religion and Society and moved to larger staff positions in the university. At the same time, questions continued to grow in my heart. My religious system was clearly not in line with the scriptures that I read. One might say I "studied" my way out of Christianity. No amount of learning and years of professional ministry could resolve the misgivings I had with the Christian tradition. It simply does not align with the Tanach. As a result, my questions increased and my search grew deeper. I stand here today to give witness to the fact that all of my searching has been fulfilled in the Torah. As Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn has taught me, my journey was not about answers, but the accumulation of more questions! My search has led to what my heart already knew - HaShem is my hope, my life, and my hope of the world to come. It is my prayer that in my remaining journey I will ever be a light to the nations."
My longing to become Jewish started in my childhood. I don’t know whether that is because of an actual genetic disposition or because my great grandmother, my grandmother and my mother have all been fervent lovers and supporters of Israel and the Jewish people. Being German, I am very happy that my ancestors helped Jews under the Holocaust. That is a great inheritance and I can testify to the fact that how we live our lives and teach our children is of utmost importance for the generations after us. For me, converting was the logical step to take, to follow my heart, and finalize my commitment. In my life, there is no greater joy and passion than loving G-d and my fellow Jews ... "
Anastasia, New York
"My experience has been great. The more that have read about the Jewish religion the more I have learned and understood about life itself. This process has been positive for me because I have been able to make my own hours for study and learning. I don’t have to leave my house to attend classes and I can make my own hours to read, and besides I believe that self-paced learning is one of the best things. Because of the self-paced learning, I was able to make deep connections between the teachings and my own life. I would recommend this process to anyone who is serious about learning Judaism and serious about making a major life change. Thank you very much Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn."
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