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
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.