The Truth About My Jewishness - From a Rabbi Who Converted to Judaism
Inspired by @lenadunham
- •I converted, but everybody knows that.
- •I'm glad that I converted, because if I had been born Jewish, I don't suspect I would like it as much
- •I have a few friends that changed their first names, because they want to Jewish enough. I created a fake last name, but kept the incredibly Catholic first name
- •I was not raised Catholic. My name is Patrick, and it has nothing to do with religion. When everyone asks why a nice Catholic boy converted to Judaism and became a rabbi, I shrug, Because the question doesn't actually apply to me :-)
- •I struggled the most with not feeling connected to the Jewish community culturally
- •I think the stereotype of the neurotic Jew is actually a negative one that hurts people. #MicroAggression
- •Bagels and lox are the shit
- •I have very strong beliefs about God. Ask me about them sometime
- •If I converted to Christianity because I had a deeply held belief in God, Christians would uphold it. I converted to Judaism because I had a deeply held belief in God, and Jewish folks asked me if I was insane. Perhaps this is why we have so few people?
- •More people would convert to Judaism if we made it a higher priority to be welcoming to converts
- •I would like to win the world record for the most Jewish themed tattoos. The Guinness Book of World Records rejected my application. Seriously. They did.