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Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body?

Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body?



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?


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.

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
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October 27, 2015
Jewish soul born in a gentile body
I have read several books about this subject. It is particularly interesting that light skinned, blond individuals were mentioned by metaphysical authors and psychic persons as those born with Jewish souls. The explanation given by various authors and gifted individuals is that they were Jews during the Holocaust. In some cases their past incarnation has been made clear to them and they have had vivid recollections. Why this physical appearance? It is said that after such a traumatic past, they needed a respite, to be born in a more peaceful environment. In one case I remember, an American found an antique dresser which recalled a fairly recent past in Europe. The origin of the furniture was eventually traced to a familiar past in Europe. And there were many other similar cases which were investigated and verified. So, I have concluded that certain souls which were meant to have had complete and peaceful lives, have been brought back quickly in this lifetime.
Sheila Ginsberg
Los Angeles
October 26, 2015
Anon Phillipines, the Torah doesn't say you need money to covert. In fact, Ruth had to live off charity. It would be a great distortion the word of G-d to think that conversion is dependant upon one's income.
October 25, 2015
Shalom! As a non-jew, i too have pondered on my attachment to all things jewish. Not so much the socially acquired habits and traditions as much as Torah-related. Am just grateful to HaShem for His consideration for gentiles like me by providing guidance and direction via the Noahide Code. I relish this connection to Torah, the Rabbis at Chabad. Maybe if one proves to be a good adherent of the Codes and learns the ways that are good in HaShem's eyes, hey next life who knows, maybe Jewish lineage is possible. On the other hand, maybe G d knows the sort of person i am, and tests me out with essentially 7 laws or mitzvots to see how i perform there, in Truth & Spirit before progressing my soul to 613 Commands. Who knows the mind of HaShem? Already learnt one thing--if one has a question one should ask the Rabbi. Thank you Chabad. Chochmah, Binah, Da'at. Chesed Gevurah Tifferet!
Rajiv R
Pune India
October 25, 2015
To Anselma (Vienna)
Well said, that's so true.
October 21, 2015
What if the yearning to convert is very strong but it can't be realized because the circumstances are just not good like finances, distance and poverty? What must that lost soul do?

And could it be that this soul was actually born a Jew in the past life but incurred a great transgression that he/she is now has to pay by being born a gentile?

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
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.
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
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!
The Netherlands