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Old 10-27-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Looks like you've done your homework. Best of luck to you. Let me know if I can answer any questions you might have.
Thank you very much. Could I ask what sect of Judaism you belong to? I have a strong hunch it's either Orthodox or even Conservative, but I could be wrong
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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I'm a Torah Observant Jew. Orthodox Jew might be another way to say it.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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I'm a Torah Observant Jew. Orthodox Jew might be another way to say it.
Oh ok , it figured therefore why you were attempting to discourage me.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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There's nothing wrong with finding a synagogue to worship in and including some Jewish practice in your life. Just be honest with the community you're in and be up front about what you want and what you are doing.

We have several non-Jews who join us for worship; some wish to convert but aren't ready to take that step and others have no intention of ever converting but find our practice to be very filling to them.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with finding a synagogue to worship in and including some Jewish practice in your life. Just be honest with the community you're in and be up front about what you want and what you are doing.

We have several non-Jews who join us for worship; some wish to convert but aren't ready to take that step and others have no intention of ever converting but find our practice to be very filling to them.
Would I be right in assuming you belong to a Reform Shul? When I visited my local one they said the exact thing to me, which is why I'm perhaps far more inclined towards it as it adopts a more welcoming approach, with no disrespect to either the Masorti, or Orthodox movements.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I know little about the Hasidim: they emphasise a more spiritual and esoteric reading of the Torah, which is why they tend to promote Kabbalah, and Midrash. But why the suggestion?

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Because I was Ger upwards of my teens and I would not wish the Hasidic lifestyle on anyone.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:01 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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or even Conservative, but I could be wrong
This made me chuckle that someone asked TFF if he's Conservative. Sorry.

To the OP, good luck. It took me years to work up the nerve to go to a service, and several more years to go to another one. Then I just couldn't stop.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:02 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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Would I be right in assuming you belong to a Reform Shul? When I visited my local one they said the exact thing to me, which is why I'm perhaps far more inclined towards it as it adopts a more welcoming approach, with no disrespect to either the Masorti, or Orthodox movements.
Yes. The Reform people were very kind to me when I started out.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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This made me chuckle that someone asked TFF if he's Conservative. Sorry.

To the OP, good luck. It took me years to work up the nerve to go to a service, and several more years to go to another one. Then I just couldn't stop.
It's funny in hindsight lol. Thank you for your encouraging words, I agree the biggest obstacle is mustering courage , but I imagine that develops over time. Could you perhaps recommend any more literature or good videos regarding the process ?
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Yes. The Reform people were very kind to me when I started out.
Hence, they're the largest denomination
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