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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.

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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Helen Dudden Bristol April 25, 2017

For Josh

G-d does not come between husband and wife. The first year of marriage is important, I understand this figures in someone serving in the forces in Israel. Maybe Conservative is worth a look into, I think to convert, its a good idea to attend several different services.

My conversion remains on hold because of my sight issues. I struggle doing what I feel is important.

Nothing is easy. Reply

Andi Alpert Ziegelman Haifa, Israel April 20, 2017

Chabad says that people with Jewish ancestry have a little candle in their souls that gets lit when all of a sudden these people begin the feel Jewish. Reply

Josh Columbus, Oh February 8, 2017

I have genetic markers typical of the Ashkenazi community, even having some founder mutations that have never been found outside the community. I am deeply drawn to Judaism and have had dreams/visions that seem to go in alignment with some of the teachings I have access to in the Kabbalistic texts. I just don't know where to begin or if conversion would ever really be possible. I don't want to be simply told what I want to hear to comfort me, but I want to know could I ever really be a Jew? There are many barriers, the largest of which is a very non-religious partner who has been coupled with me since we were both teenagers. I feel a religious impulse to remain faithful to her although she is personally irreligious to a hostile level. Where does one begin? I have lived my entire life feeling like a stranger left in exile in a hostile and materialist world of competition and abuse. I just want to come home. Reply

Andi Alpert Ziegelman Haifa, Israel April 20, 2017
in response to Josh:

I suggest you convert and tell your wife that you want your body to be in time with your Jewish soul. Try Conservative where you don't have to obligate to carry out all the mitzvot. My husband and are are baalei tshuva. My family was originally Chabad: Alperovich. Reply

Anonymous Southeastern PA April 24, 2017
in response to Josh:

I disagree with Andi's response. She says that in the Conservative movement one is not obligated to obey all the commandments. That is just not so. Every Jew is obligated to obey all of the commandments. What would you think of an immigrant who wants to become a citizen, on the condition that he does not have to obey all the laws? If he is serious, he will promise to obey all the laws.

With all due respect to your relationship, it sounds as if you are not on the same spiritual path, or not at the same place on that path. It seems your own growth will be limited if you stay together. Maybe you need to have a talk with her about your spiritual yearnings, maybe with a counselor, to see if you can remain happy together. Some of my own family members are relentlessly hostile towards Judaism, and this pains me. However, my spouse and I are very spiritually close, and that makes life so much easier.

Good luck! Reply

Helen Dudden Bristol January 11, 2016

Its very difficult to actually get to the subject of conversion with the Orthodox movement.

I wished to join but I found it so difficult. Reply

Anonymous los angeles January 8, 2016

In general Orthodoxy is not friendly ,although Chabad encourages the rabbis and wives to embrace newcomers. The fault is the leaders including the rabbis and the lay leaders. They do not discuss the problem during sermons,not do they encourage members to reach out.It is a huge failing and problem.This applies equally to Jews as well as gentiles. Reply

Jeffrey Bartley southborough January 2, 2016

Thank you so very much for this explanation. I could never find the correct way to explain how I feel inside! This was perfect for me to read! It brought tears to my eyes and a warmth to my soul.
God bless the author. Reply

Ali Slovakia December 26, 2015

Shalom, I feel so comforted by this article, it truly spoke right to my soul when I read it. I have some Jewish ancestry on the paternal side, but even not knowing that I have always felt an undescribable connection with Judaism and Jewish people. I'm 16 now, waiting patiently until I have an opportunity and resources to complete my conversion. Thank you for this explanation Reply

Sheila Ginsberg Los Angeles October 27, 2015

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. Reply

Julie Sydney 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. Reply

Rajiv R Pune India 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! Reply

Anonymous October 25, 2015

Well said, that's so true. Reply

Anonymous Philippines 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?

Thanks Reply

Nomzamo Bhebhe Johannesburg July 15, 2015

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. Reply

Anatolia George 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. Reply

Anselma Vienna 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. Reply

Helen Dudden UK 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. Reply

Yaël The Netherlands July 8, 2015

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! Reply

Helen Dudden UK 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. Reply