I have to admit, I’m scared to do this. I have a bad feeling I’m about to lose a bunch of happy frum (observantly Jewish) readers and it’s a bit scary.
First off, the good news. We have been approved by the Jewish Agency to make aliyah. Not exactly a huge accomplishment.
You see, to move to Israel, you have to be Jewish.** And that’s a good jumping off point for my coming out day.
I am a convert to Judaism. So is my husband. All good, no?
(waiting for the other shoe to drop…)
Both of our conversions were done under Reform auspices.^^ (gasp)
Okay, so before you kill me in the comments, let me explain.
I started studying about Judaism when I was 13. Not going to tell the whole life story here, but I was ready to convert shortly after I graduated college. The hubby, who at the time was the boyfriend, and then the fiancee, kind of went along for the ride.
Our conversion, complete with mikvah, etc. was Oct. 25, 2002. That December we went to Israel on the Birthright Israel trip.
And that’s what changed everything. We were married six months later and have been studying for an orthodox conversion ever since. For the record, that’s more than four years now so we’ve really got things down quite well. And we’ve been planning out how to make aliyah since shortly before we were married.
So getting approval from JAFI that we are “Jewish enough” made me feel really good. For the record, we will still be doing the formal orthodox conversion in Israel, since we didn’t want to go through the potential hurdles of having it not be recognized.
You can all hate me and call me a liar and I won’t exactly deny it. But I had to come clean on it since I’m hoping that some of the friends inside the computer will eventually become friends outside the computer.
Back to the good news: we will be making communal aliyah in Modi’in. So anyone out there from Modi’in or the surrounding areas, please let me know again where you’re from so we can get together once we move. Assuming you’ll still want to talk to me.
Last big hurdle: Getting approved by Nefesh B Nefesh. Please God, and soon.
** Caveat emptor: There are lots of other ways to move there and I’m am drastically oversimplifying since I don’t think many of you will care. That said, if I’ve piqued your interest, let me know and I’ll post on it.
^^ For those of you who don’t quite understand this, it means that by the very laws (halakah) that shape my days, I am not considered to be Jewish. I am my own oxymoron. It’s something I’m hoping to remedy when we move to Israel, or at the latest, before we have children.