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Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body?

Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body?

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Sometimes I feel like I am a Jewish soul born into a non-Jewish body. I have always been surrounded by Jewish friends and loved the Jewish religion, and after years of study, I’ve finally fulfilled my dream and converted to Judaism. My family has no Jewish roots whatsoever—I am of Scandinavian descent on both sides. Can you offer any explanation as to why I am drawn to Judaism in this way?

Answer:

Many people from different walks of life have reported feeling an affinity towards Jews and Judaism. Most people leave it at that. For those who make the choice to convert, however, their connection toMy family has no Jewish roots whatsoever Judaism is deeper than a simple appreciation for Jewish culture or taste for kosher food. It is rooted in their soul.

Kabbalah offers a metaphysical explanation as to why non-Jewish individuals are drawn to Judaism to the point that they choose to join the Jewish people.1 Each time a husband and wife are together, a soul is born. Sometimes that soul comes down into a physical body and is born as their child; other times the soul remains in the heavens.

Abraham and Sarah, the first Jewish couple, were married for many years before they were blessed with a child, but their union generated many spiritual children. Kabbalah explains that the souls created by Abraham and Sarah—and the souls created from the unions of other righteous couples—have been distributed among the nations of the world, and it is these souls who become converts to Judaism.

This is why a convert is called the son or daughter of Abraham and Sarah. In a sense, his or her soul stems directly from our first patriarch and matriarch. When a non-Jew feels a pullTheir union generated many spiritual children towards the Jewish faith and a desire to belong to Jewish people, it may be a latent Jewish soul wanting to return to its community of origin, a long lost child of Abraham and Sarah reuniting with its family.

While many people feel attracted to Judaism and respect its traditions, few make the choice to undergo the long process of conversion and begin keeping the laws of the Torah. You felt a deep calling to join the Jewish people and made the difficult journey to do just that—it must have been Abraham and Sarah calling you home.

FOOTNOTES
1. Shelah Ha-Kadosh, Sha’ar Ha-Osios, “Kedushas Hazivug,” 402.
Aron Moss is rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia, and is a frequent contributor to Chabad.org.
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July 15, 2015
coming home
This is such a blessing piece. I'm reminiscing of the times when reading my bible, I would close my eyes and imagine just even sitting outside the Temple gates would be so lovely.
Nomzamo Bhebhe
Johannesburg
July 13, 2015
I love this article so much. It makes sense. I am not a convert (yet) but when I am near influences of Judaism I feel it deeper than in the pit of my stomach. I can't physically describe the feeling well enough. Its strange to me and I keep seeking it out.
Anatolia George
July 11, 2015
My soul feels the same, no matter how unfriendly some Jews here in my city are, my soul always feels home, no matter how friendly some non-Jews are, my soul never feels home. I can feel how I am called home, but I can also feel, HaShem wants me to take one step at a time. Living where I live means, converting will be anything but easy but I am so looking forward to it, if this is the way, HaShem wants me to go.
Anselma
Vienna
July 8, 2015
I think to read is important. See what you feel about Shabbat prayers. I started buying books relating to Jewish life. Listening on line to Hebrew.

I go to Synagogue, even if you went once to see what it feels like, one thing at a time.

It is a way of life, small changes will happen.
Helen Dudden
UK
July 8, 2015
Looking for some advice
Shalom aleichem. I recently found out my great-grandfather was a Rabbi in Indonesia. My grandfather was a Jew too but my mother was born from a Christian mother. I very much relate to the Jewish people and sometimes feel like I am a Jewish soul. Could this be? And if so, what should I do next? Should I contact a Rabbi to answer my questions (I wonder where) although I am not sure if I could convert to Judaïsm? (I live in the country-side, the nearest Synagoge is miles away and I wouldn't be able to buy Kosher food).
Could anyone please give me advice?
Todah raba!
Yaël
The Netherlands
June 26, 2015
I feel that it does not matter if I have a family connection, it does matter that I try my best to live the way that is comfortable for me.
Helen Dudden
UK
June 26, 2015
Have a Good Shabbat.
Helen Dudden
UK
June 25, 2015
I'm a Roman.
"Ger Toshav."
Grant
March 15, 2015
I too feel that I am a jew. Many years ago I was first approached and ask if I was jewish, my husband's friend remarked to him.....your wife is jewish right?

To my knowledge I am not because.....my fathers family was from Wales and my mothers was from Ireland. Is there anywhere I can get a DNA test cheaply where I will know for sure, I live in the Bush International Airport area of Houston Tx.
Anonymous
Humble
January 23, 2015
I agree and have made those comments here in the UK. We cant learn it all at once, we are prepared to try our hardest, I think that Hashem understands this when we speak in our daily prayers.

We are willing to stand up with other Jews in difficult times, we should be protecting vulnerable Jews in Europe, I have been writing much on human rights and the right to pray in peace. We protect those in Israel, and offer prayers for peace.

I ask that I forgiven for using my computer this Shabbat, but I know our prayers are needed to help others.

Shalom Shabbat, for peace.

Helen Dudden
Helen Dudden
uk
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