My Road to Judaism
I'm not exactly sure how I got on this road to Judaism. I was raised in a small southern town without a Jew in sight. The nearest synagogue was probably a couple of hours away.
I was raised as Church of God and Southern Baptist but I'll confess that they really scared me away from religion and from G-d.
I spent a great many years exploring new ideas and philosophies such as New Age, Wicca, Buddism and finally gave it all up and became an agnostic bordering on atheist for about 10 years.
After I moved to NYC, I started working for an Israeli company and made many great friends, heard Hebrew on a daily basis (and picked up a few choice words along the way) and got to participate in some Jewish cultural and religious events. I was intrigued.
I'd talk to co-workers about Judaism and they were encouraging but not so much so that you'd think that they were trying to "recruit" me...just answering my questions with as much detail as I wanted and told me about some books to read.
I really got into Judaism. It felt like home! It still feels like home!!
I've not yet went thru the conversion process however I identify to everyone as a Jew. Most people are pretty okay with it but every once in a while I get a weird look (I live in Dallas now where there's not a whole lot of Jews). Most people don't know what Judaism is or what our beliefs are.
I think that I'm coming full circle...I'm now the one answering some questions. You never know who is really listening or why they're asking.
While I don't look much like an ethnic Jew, in my heart I am a Jew.