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  • in reply to: What if you weren't Jewish? #974421

    I’d convert al pi halacha… oh, wait…

    I would throw the biggest diva fit this side of the Dead Sea with the beis din that did my geirus.

    in reply to: Where to start becoming Jewish when family roots discovered #991090

    Hi Aurora,

    I read your posts with much interest. I am impressed that you have stuck around here for a year despite some of the posts that probably seem like siblings hashing it out in the living room!

    Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have family records to document your mother’s lineage. There are sites like that have excellent census and immigration records, and their collections are constantly growing. My genealogy research was motivated by my hope of finding hidden Jewish relatives that would explain my drive to convert. I did manage to discover that two of my ancestors were Mayflower passengers. My great X 10 grandmother? Not a Jew. LOL…

    My hope for you is that you will have hatzlacha (success) and thrive in your path to discovery of your Jewish lineage!

    in reply to: Sephardim and Giyur #1029589

    “My mother had a Reform conversion undertaken to marry my father, which is mhy I had to undergo giyur.”

    Forgive me, but I still don’t understand…

    1) Reform conversions have no halachic bearing

    2) If her maternal grandmother was proven to have been Jewish by the picture you mentioned, she’s Jewish- you’re Jewish. Period.

    PBA – “you shall not oppress the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.”

    in reply to: Sephardim and Giyur #1029570

    MDG, you took my quote out of context. I said:

    “*Unless having had a giyur lechumra somehow affects your halachic status as a Jew from birth*, I don’t see how your halachic status could be questioned by anyone.”

    Reb Doniel: Does the photographic evidence prove beyond any standard that you were born a halachic Jew? If so, you’re not a ger. But having had a giyur l’chumra may bring up questions I’m not qualified to ask, never mind answer.

    in reply to: Sephardim and Giyur #1029555

    Unless having had a giyur lechumra somehow affects your halachic status as a Jew from birth, I don’t see how your halachic status could be questioned by anyone.

    Was your giyur lechumra before or after you found the photo evidence? Does that even matter?

    in reply to: Cleveland yeshivas? #867864


    in reply to: Ger Disowns Pre-Conversion Family #833078

    I am so sorry for your loss. I think you did a beautiful thing by flying out to be with your father before he died. I was able to be with both of my non-Jewish grandmothers before they passed away, and that was more meaningful to me than being at the funeral anyhow. My family understood (or at least didn’t say anything to my face).

    I wasn’t yet halachically Jewish when my mother passed away. I was very close to her and she was the most supportive of anyone in the family of my desire to become Jewish. She died suddenly and it was a long time before I could live with the pain of having lost her.

    in reply to: Should Jews Give Candy This Coming Monday Night? #1105057

    Toi, growing up I was exposed to several xtian sects, and I never heard that story. What I learned was that Nov 1st was their “All Saints Day” and the night before was the chance for the rabble rousers to wreak havoc. Nowadays the Nov 1st part is not really acknowledged or observed and the night before has been co-opted by many with pagan beliefs.

    in reply to: Please say Tehillim for Yaakov Chaim ben Perel #805080


    in reply to: Getting used to CPAP #788431

    It took me a few weeks to really get used to it. I would wake up without it on and wonder how that happened (it wasn’t just a little out of position – I had ripped it clear off my head). After awhile I didn’t want to sleep without it because I was sleeping SO much better. If you’re using the nose pillows, try the different sizes to get the best fit for you. If it’s too big, it will drive you crazy.

    I’ve been using mine for over 2 years now, and it’s a little annoying once in awhile, but it’s worth it to be able to function during the day. I hope it helps – OSA can have serious health ramifications.

    in reply to: Starting school at 33 #776183

    Starting my master’s at 43. Go for it and hatzlacha!!

    in reply to: Interesting Views From Google Satellite #1029119

    I am entertained.

    in reply to: Where are US Rabbanim in the Fight for Geyur Bill? #690700

    Maybe because the US Rabbanim are up to their eyebrows trying to hold down the front here?

    I delayed my halachic geirus for several years in order to find the right beis din whose gerus would be guaranteed to be accepted in EY, because I had already had a non-halachic conversion, and wanted to make sure I never had to do it again. I conduct myself properly and adhere to the mitzvos in a yeshivish community. Every time this subject comes up, I get nervous and wonder if this is the issue that will lead to my geirus being questioned. At this point, I’m just waiting for Moshiach and leaving the Israeli politics to the Israelis. Maybe that’s how the US Rabbonim feel also.

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