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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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February 8, 2017
3% Ashkenazi
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.
Columbus, Oh
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.
Helen Dudden
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.
los angeles
January 2, 2016
Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body
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.
Jeffrey Bartley
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
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?