For my readers who are beginners at Judaism: I know that you sometimes wonder when you will “know enough” and that sometimes you feel intimidated by Jews who have generations of experience behind them. This is a wonderful, honest, forthright account by a women who was born Jewish and is very much like many people who will see at synagogue. We never stop learning, even the rabbis, especially the rabbis.
4 thoughts on “I don’t know how to be Jewish”
I see Judaism as a black hole. You do the best you can and keep moving forward. That is all you can do.
I see it as an endless opportunity for learning and growth. In that sense, yes, like the “black hole” of physics!
That is correct. Judaism is all about the journey. There is no end.
The last sentence of this blog post mentioned me waiting for what pops out of the blue into my inbox. A very short time later, I got an invite from my Shul to a series of three Bensching workshops! I went to the first one last night, and it was very enjoyable. I did realise that I have a learning gap here – none of the thanksgiving prayers were at all familiar to me. We always do the three barochot before dinner on Friday evening, but never anything afterwards. G-d obviously listened to my question, and sent me a whole bunch of answers – from Rabbi Ruth, from my own Shul, and also from Chabad.org:-)