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  • #611149
    Keenanp
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    Hey, the last time I posted here I was visiting synagogue and observing Shabbat for the first time. Afterwards, I realized being Jewish was alot of work, and my Christian family was very not happy. ๐Ÿ˜

    I feel like I know nothing about anything Jewish, and that’s very intimidating. My mother/grandmother won’t be any help in talking to the Rabbi, helping me become religious, or showing him their heritage. Yet the Rabbi says I am not able to be Ger Toshav because they claim Jewish heritage. It’s almost easier just to say aha I’m a goy and let’s carry on from their.

    I dunno what to do guys. I don’t look forward to going back to the synagogue after just not showing up. I just want to serve G-d during my studies, and be observant however I can. I’m moving soon, so maybe that will be a new start.

    There’s my vent. That is all.

    #984945
    Nechomah
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    Hey there. Sorry you’ve been having trouble figuring out how to go about things and dealing with family issues. Hopefully your move will help you in that. We have a saying “change your place, change your “luck””, with luck being a loose translation of the Hebrew term.

    Anyway, my suggestion would be that when you do get yourself settled in your new place that you should look up an organization in the area that specializes in outreach, like Aish HaTorah or Chabad. They usually have many beginner-level classes that can help you in your observance and serve G-d without overwhelming you. Also, they can put you in contact with Rabbeim that can help advise you on your status as a Jew.

    Hatzlacha!

    #984946
    Keenanp
    Member

    Thank you Nechomah. I know there is a Chabad centre in Vancouver. I will certainly check it out. A sympathetic ear is all one needs sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #984947

    Just keep beleiving and find someone to help (Aish, Chabad) they both have websites, so you can look it up. There also are lots of hotlines for pretty much any situation, probobly there is one for people like you where someone can encourage you and start to teach you more. You can try googling it, I dont know much seeing Ive been religous since I was very young and Im only a teen, not very known in these things yet!

    Hatzlacha Raba (Lots of luck!)

    #984948
    Keenanp
    Member

    Hi Shopper. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the kind words! I think it’s awesome you’re a teen and religious. I wasn’t very interested until I hit my first year of college and found the Jewish section of the library.

    I’m going to contact the local Chabad. Thanks again.

    #984949
    Nechomah
    Participant

    Just checked it out and there is also Aish HaTorah in the Victoria area. Not sure how close this will be for you, but their approach is different from Chabad and one can never know which will be more appealing to you. My sisters were more involved with Chabad when they became BT and I wanted no part of it. I got involved with Aish and things just clicked. Different strokes for different folks. Again, hatzlacha!

    #984950
    Keenanp
    Member

    Aish HaTorah looks excellent Nechomah, thank you! They have Rabbi Skobac coming for a lecture soon too.

    Victoria is kind of out of the way for someone from North/West Vancouver. Even then travelling to the Oak st. area is a ways away. So there’s a problem to solve before Shabbat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If anyone is interested, I see Vancouver also has a Community Kollel. I’ve met the Director/Rabbi there before, very welcoming.

    #984951
    yitzman1
    Member

    If you’re interested in spending Shabbos with religious families and want to see what it’s all about, you can visit shabbat.com.

    #984952
    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    Sounds tough. Hashem should help you rise to the challenge!

    #984953
    Keenanp
    Member

    Thanks Yitzman. I’ve done it once before. I’ll see, this may be very useful. The move is this Wednesday.

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