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Okay, so I’ve been filing through other peoples’ conversion stories and one common issues seems to be a language barrier. Would it be beneficial to begin taking basic lesson in Hebrew? I know that I saw a few books at the used book store on beginners Hebrew last weekend and it’s probably safe to assume they’ll be there when I get my next paycheck, should I invest in these?
Meant to answer this earlier! So, if you’re thinking of converting Orthodox (or even Conservative), most (if not all) of the prayer service will be in Hebrew (and Torah reading also). I think a good place to start building familiarity is with prayer text… there may be learners’ minyans in your area, but make sure to start small - something like the Shema - and go from there.
Officially for conversion itself, at least Orthodox, what they’re looking for is that you have a familiarity with the prayer service text, can follow the Torah reading and know brachot (blessings). Some batei din (rabbinical courts) will ask you to sight read, some don’t. They are less concerned with conversational/modern Hebrew, though! :-) (though that’s fun to have too, nachon?!).
If you go Orthodox, don't date before conversion. Rabbis will stop conversion.
I know. I’ve discussed it with Rabbi G before (he knows the guy in question), so I’m well aware…which makes it worse, since it’s like I know how awful it would be if I date him, but I still want to despite that.
Thanks for the reminder, though :)
Not necessarily, but you will need to be up front about it, and they most likely will want to meet with the significant other (maybe together with the conversion candidate and maybe separately). Not being up front with them about motivationg relationships is however grounds for questioning and potentially dismissal from the geirut process.
Dear family-I’m-babysitting for:
No, I did not make “a little mix up” and put chicken nuggets on a חלבי plate and/or wash it up as בשרי.
If you had asked me, I would have told you that I washed up the breakfast stuff that you had left in the sink first, THEN the lunch dishes. They were even drying on separate towels.
Sigh. I know it’s not a big deal, but I am METICULOUS about this stuff and actually actively don’t do it until I’m confident and even at that don’t use water hot enough for it to be an issue.
Its just been one of those days, and it’s only 8:26. :-(
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