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    Lost1970
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    I am 43 yo man. I am unemployed with PhD in Mathematics. I have Asperger’s Syndrome.

    I have been a believing Jew since I was 12, but to my shame not very observant. I have read many Jewish holy books — the Torah, most Tanach, come Talmud, much web information. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the world of observant Jews. The closest Chabad is 50 miles away and I do not drive.

    As all my goals in life crashed, I started once again to give thought to G-d and to my own future life.

    #975296
    eclipse
    Member

    Sign up at Shabbat.com (it’s free!) and type in your city.You may be pleasantly surprised to find other Jews in (or closer to)your neighborhood.

    #975297
    Shopping613 🌠
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    Welcome! We are so happy to have you! Wish i could giva ya advice but im not really known in yhese things, being a teen and all..

    #975298
    LevAryeh
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    Ah, God’s gift to the Jews … the midlife crisis! Thank Hashem that you’re going through this emotional upheaval, and pray that you will end out on top!

    As far as practical advice, Permission to Believe and Permission to Receive, both by Lawrence Kellerman, are great reads.

    For insight on Orthodox Jewish communities and customs, try The Non-Orthodox Jew’s Guide to Orthodox Jews, by David Baum. It’s very informative both for Orthodox and non Orthodox Jews.

    #975299
    ilovetorah
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    Welcome! Its wonderful being an observant Jew! There are many organizations that specialize in helping our dear brothers and sisters understand and feel the beauty of being and living a true Jewish lifestyle. Why don’t you try out”partners in torah” (partnersintorah.org). there are other wonderful websites, I will update when I get their exact website address.

    #975300
    ilovetorah
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    Kiruv.com and aish.com are two more sites that you can get alot of wonderful news, contacts, and information from.

    #975301
    Lost1970
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    Thank G-d that I have never lost my Jewishness. I do study with “Partners in Torah” about 25 min a week but at the beginning I did not even know my main issue — understanding the basics.

    #975302

    Every little bit of suffering counts as a big mitzvah.

    #975303
    ilovetorah
    Participant

    You can also try torahmates.org

    #975304
    ilovetorah
    Participant

    Have you ever tried talking to your partner in torah about “the basics”? If he can’t help you I would assume he can put you in touch with another mentor/rabbi who can help you. It is wonderful that you are giving it alot of thought and realizing what you are missing. As a famous rabbi once said “knowing the question is already half of the answer”. I would maybe suggest talking about “the basics” here in the coffee room, however there are too many not serious/uneducated/trolls/cynical…..people and therefore I don’t think this would be the appropriate forum. Please don’t give up! You will be happy in the end!!

    #975305
    oomis
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    Partners in Torah is a wonderful organization. Try to get to Shabbat Across America.

    #975306

    Lost- Just you know, you’re never really “lost.” Every single person is on a holy journey that can lead them to happiness, peace of mind, and all the best blessings of life. You just have to follow a path of chessed (kindness) and ahavah (love). While everyone wanders off the path from time to time, know that you are never entirely lost, and you are never alone.With some Jewish education (From books), a good Rabbi or mentor, and a community, even if its small, you can go a long way. Hatzlachah rabah (good luck on your journey!!

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    Lost1970
    Member

    Thank you. Is aish.com orthodox? Will the site help me?

    #975308
    Lost1970
    Member

    >> Every little bit of suffering counts as a big mitzvah.

    Thank G-d I have not really suffered. I am an expert about US justice system — I have read about people who have REALLY suffered.

    #975309
    Lost1970
    Member

    >> Have you ever tried talking to your partner in

    >> torah about “the basics”? If he can’t help you

    >> I would assume he can put you in touch with

    >> another mentor/rabbi who can help you.

    I will try. One of the lessons in life I have learned is that someone who lives on charity is not entitled to anything.

    #975310
    SaysMe
    Member

    aish.dot IS orthodox and an amazing source of info at all levels, from basic to complex. And they have a lot of different media to offer.

    #975311
    Lost1970
    Member

    Thank G-d for Russian and English language sources.

    Thank you. Toldot.ru has a lot of interesting audio lectures in my first language — Russian.

    #975312
    ilovetorah
    Participant

    Yes. Aish.com is orthodox. It is the website run by Aish Hatorah which is a kiruv yeshiva located right next to the kosel (western wall). Good luck!!

    #975313
    Lost1970
    Member

    >> Sign up at Shabbat.com (it’s free!) and type in

    >> your city.You may be pleasantly surprised to

    >> find other Jews in (or closer to)your neighborhood.

    I did sign in there. Thank G-d, there are many Jews in my town.

    Is there any guide on how to use that site? I am unfamiliar with Facebook, thus I do not know how to use such sites.

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