Fifteen years ago I tried to convert. I was attending a Chabad schul. The Rabbi was supportive of me coming and learning about Judaism but when I wanted to convert he said: I cannot provide.

I tried three times but I could not succeed. I stopped coming to the schul more due to the disappointment. I was coming from the Christian Orthodox background. I remember this feeling I had while being in schul.... Every single time I was feeling that I come back home and I was having my eyes in tears... Is beyond me... the only way I could explain this is that maybe my soul is Jewish... I do not have anyone in the family Jewish. But I was surprised to find out after a genetic test that my ancestors were also from Ukraine 23% among which 14% were ashkenazi Jews. Maybe this is explaining my emotions and feelings...

Expand full comment

Hi, is it possible to do the Darshan training for the knowledge and wisdom of it, even if we are probably unable to become darshanim due to long-term disability or chronic illness? I'm asking because I definitely have an interest in the program, but if I am required to do field work as part of the program, then I probably cannot do it. Otherwise, I would love to consider it (all things Jewish). I am assuming(?) also that it is self-paced like DY's other programs. Thanks in advance.

Expand full comment