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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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July 15, 2014
Historically, Abraham was the first Hebrew and the first to believe in a single Deity, Hashem. As a point of Jewish History, Jews were not designated until the giving of Torah.
RJ
June 21, 2014
Jewish Souls
Dear Aron: There is another answer. I believe it is the case that in some parts of mystical Kabbalah there is an acceptance of reincarnation. From the standpoint of reincarnation, we have had many lifetimes and retain, largely in our unconscious, those impressions. So for someone in your position, and there are many others, they have had recent or last life Jewish incarnations, and this results in the pull toward Judaism in this lifetime.
Ken Lux
June 21, 2014
I came here to read some advice. This religion is so, so beautiful.
Olivia
Budapest
June 20, 2014
With all due respect, it is interesting that one must go through years of study to become a Jew. To become a Christian in a Baptist church takes a couple of weeks without study. Can someone comment on this? I'm not sure at the moment where I'm going with this thought. (I am not Jewish.)
penny
June 20, 2014
Two reactions
1) I'm wondering about the reverse - what about the many Jews I know and read about, including, to my great pain, close family members, who are utterly contemptuous of Judaism, violate every commandment they can, and deride me and my wife for being observant? (We're "fanatical" or "extreme", as Modern Orthodox. What would they say if we were frum?)

2) Once again, I hear the pain of those who are sincerely trying to convert to Judaism and are being thwarted by a foot-dragging establishment that demands frummer-than-Moshe standards from converts, despite the rules set down by Rambam. If it were up to some of these people, Sarah, Rivkah, Leah, Rachel, and Ruth could never have converted. And after you converted, particularly if you aren't white, some people will glare at you, as they glare at my wife, who is more observant than 90% of born Jews.

Oh, HaShem - it would be so much easier if Judaism were a religion, rather than a covenant...
Anonymous
Southeastern PA
June 20, 2014
Lost Souls
What about the ones that have always felt the pull towards Judaism but have went for lots of different sectors of religious groups? Is that what is meant by the saying a lost soul?
Beth Soto
Tulsa
June 19, 2014
Jewish soul

I am unsure about the 'Jewish soul' theory, I do believe others who claim to have it. But on a personal level I relate more to "the stranger" mentioned in the Torah.
On the other hand , even if one did not have a Jewish soul or DNA , it is not unusual for people to be drawn to that which is holy.
Anonymous
June 19, 2014
Jewish Soul in a Non-Jewish Body?
Aren't they Noah's sons?
shalom.
victoria
tucuman
June 19, 2014
I have seen this situation before, firsthand: a gentile atracted to Judaism, who eventually finds out that he has, in fact, Jewish roots.. I would bet dollars to donuts that way back in your ancestry there is indeed a Jewish connection.
Ken Greenberg
Millbrook
June 19, 2014
Of Jewish descent
I was raised non-religious. Most of my life I knew very little about my ancestry. I have always felt very connected to the Jewish people. I began to study my genealogy to discover my Jewish ancestors and find out why I was so fascinated by the Jewish people. I discovered a lot about my Jewish ancestry. I long thought that one was Jewish as long they had a Jewish ancestor, but a rabbi told me otherwise. So I decided to convert. Also at the same time I was still working on my genealogy. Amazingly I have been able to trace my patrilineage back over 1000 years, but at that point I had only traced my matrilineage back a little over 100 years. I soon discovered by accident that my earliest matrilineal ancestor was an Orthodox Sephardic Jew. This meant that I was Jewish too. I guess that is why I have felt so connected to the Jewish people. Someone or something was trying to tell me something all along. I am now working on becoming Orthodox and feel like I've returned home.
Anonymous
New York
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