2/07/2006

Journey

I have been reading Herman Wouk's, This Is My G-d. I am continuing my journey toward conversion to Judaism. Next Friday I'll be meeting with a rabbi from Jackson to start what will be a year long journey into the faith of my grandfather and father. Beth Israel Synagogue in Biloxi does not have a rabbi. The more I read and learn, the more I still feel like I'm at home. This Friday, I hope I won't chicken out again. I was planning on going to services last Friday but it seemed so daunting to go where I do not know what to expect or know anyone. The secretary of Beth Israel was inviting and friendly but still it's a hard hurdle to cross.

When I spoke with the rabbi today, she was very understanding and that made me feel better. It's a Conservative Synagogue and she comes to Biloxi from Jackson for Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs.

I've gained a lot of insights from the books I've read so far. I know it's the time for me to join the tribe and community. I'm scared and excited at the same time at the thought of going to services. Wish me strength.

10 Comments:

Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

I loved the Caine Mutiny.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Strength, peace, love and luck to you!

5:46 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

elmers,

He is a good fiction wtriter. The one I'm reading now isn't fiction.

patrick,

Thanks!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Which tribe??

LOL!

Yeah, C-Mom, I'm a jerk!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

"I'm scared and excited at the same time at the thought of going to services. Wish me strength."

Strength! Just have fun!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

mark,

The JIP tribe of course! Thanks for your words of encouragement and I'm going to try to have fun! Oh wait, there is no try, only do.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Forgive me if it seems that I misunderstood. This book has to do with your conversion to Judaism, can you tell me more about what the book is about?

6:53 PM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

or sounded insensitive

6:54 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

elmers,

The book is about Wouk's experiences as a Jew and what it means to be a Jew. It's a brief outline of the Jewish faith from his prespective and is a very good book. No apology necessary. The only other book I read by him has been The Winds of War.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

EB - Your comment is understandable. This Is My G-d is more of a departure from Wouk's standard fare, and The Caine Mutiny is a classic of modern literature.

My first copy of TCM was missing about fifteen pages. I was so into it, I was pissed because I had to put it down until I scould get to the bookstore and buy another copy. I just couldn't bring myself to skip ahead.

7:11 PM  

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