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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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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
January 22, 2015
converts and others
Comment to Anonymous.I am a born Jew and very much ion love with Judaism although not Orthodoxy as practiced today. To Converts who feel unaccepted and not welcomed I need to tell you that what you are experiencing is sadly totally true of born Jews.As a people there are many communities who need to be more welcoming to those who are not chummy with a certain group.It is truly disgraceful, but my friends have experienced the same treatment. The rabbis ,shuls and synagogues need to make a great change. People feel comfortable with their friends, but it is very unkind to ignore or not warmly include newcomers or those outside of their group.
sheila ginsberg
los angeles
January 19, 2015
The Rainbow Covenant
Shalom! As a non-jew or gentile I came across Jesus as a 12-year-old boy preparing for confirmation. I loved him. To me he would have been my first teacher or Rabbi. With time I learnt that his fulfilling the scriptures meant I had to learn where he came from, the school of thought and study he was brought up on. The Torah...ah, it was the 1970s and no net, no Chabad... Blessedly the search remained. In the meantime, I read the bible taking whatever crumbs I could understand. One powerful guide was the journey of the sons of Israel from Eygpt. The question that held me was: just after witnessing miraculous events of salvation (Manna, fleeing pharoah etc), the people used to slump to their old fears a lil' while later. Gave me a small insight into G d's nature. Then King David 'had to begin to seek' the True G d after his tryst with Bathsheba wife of Uriah. Seek again? Human nature to err and to seek salvation. Galut! Even he wasn't spared. Now thx to Chabad, Im home! G d is not biased!
Rajiv Rajan
Pune India
January 19, 2015
To Helen Dudden
I hope one day to either make Aliyah or go to Manchester. I've had my fair share of negative attitudes too, but you just don't need those people. This is between you and Hashem and those members of the klal who don't accept you, well that's their problem I think. I don't know if we engender a bit of guilt sometimes because we're voluntarily taking on mitzvoth that they, as born Jews, feel they should do, but don't. If you understand what I mean? I wish you hatzlacha and bracha in your journey. You never know, if my children chicken out of Aliyah and guilt me into staying in the UK we might even meet!
Chani
UK
January 18, 2015
I just feel it is where I belong, strange but having a French grandmother, I wonder who in my family was Jewish. I know very little, other than there are many Jews from that area with that family name.

I have very blue eye's and fair skin. If this resulting from a Jewish connection, I hope I serve their memory well.
Helen Dudden
UK
January 18, 2015
I have read various books regarding this subject. It has been speculated that particularly light eyes, blond hair individuals have been born with Jewish souls directly as a result of the Holocaust.Such individuals have suffered directly and harshly as a result of suffering. In these cases they have been born with non Jewish bodies because they need a chance to heal in a less difficult life. These persons have remembered some of the horrors endured during their last lifetime.Some of these events have been proven when the people travel to Germany or other involved countries and can find lost objects or buried objects. Some have converted but others have not.
sheila
los angeles
January 18, 2015
Convert
I converted at 26, I am now 43. People often ask me if things had been different would I still have converted. Like I did it because i was upset or lost or searching or lonely or something. I always answer that I would still do it. I don't practice much Judaism a large part of it because I feel very unwelcome in the community in South Africa - Lithuanian jews are not a friendly bunch. Anyhow not holding it against them, just saying. And truth be told a lot of Judaism confuses the heck out of me.
Point is converting to Judaism quieted something in me - gave me a base or a foundation. Gave me a compass for this crazy world we live in. Being a convert is one of the most confusing places to be. What an unusual choice someone said to me the other day. Yip yip super unusual , who else treks across the world at that age when i should have been living it up and goes and converts and spends her days praying to G-d? And no its not because I can't cope with reality that I am looking for a crutch
Anonymous
January 18, 2015
I am studying to be excepted and be a Jew in all that it means.

I live like a Jew now, I accept what I need to complete.

Of course, we are all not the same, it is not easy, and I have had comments made to me as a convert so I know.
Helen Dudden
Saltford
January 18, 2015
A reason to celebrate....
Thanks for the insight. I can't say it is easy having any level of a Jewish soul in a goy's body. I don't have the DNA to handle the massive amount of information and sensitivities that come through me on the inside. On the outside, goys get anti-Semitic and Jews don't know what to do with you. We need an extra dose of wisdom, clarity and goodness to process this kind of existence. It is lonely and exhausting, but all in all, whether people get you or not, no one can stop you from heading home. To get a "permit" to go home though, I have to go through the RCC because rabbis aren't prophets so they don't know who you are until they see something but there is no hurry because I am already home.
Sarah Lin
Oakland
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