Why this family converted to Judaism

published on July 9, 2020

OK, welcome to the shabbat tableWelcome to the shabbat tableMy family’s currentlyconverting to JudaismHalakhic (lawful) JudaismWe want to become JewishShalom aleichem(Peace be with you)malachei ha-sharet(ministering angels)

Malachei Elyon(messengers of the Most High)I was born in Kenya and I grew up in in a small town known as ElburgonWe started our conversion last year and so it’s one whole year andso we are halfway now

Part of the conversion is they must eat kosherand they must have a kosher kitchenIt wasn’t easy, like, for the kids to rememberwhich dish is for the meat,which one is for the milk, so the kids came up with the labelling

And so it has been very amazing for themputting the stickers so that we couldremind each otherWe don’t find it so difficult now we're really used to itIt’s really easy cos we’vehad them for a long timeI was born in the formerRepublic of Sudan,

So I grew up among theDinka people of the SudanI never heard of theJewish people beforeThe war, the war I know very wellI’ve got very graphicpictures of what happenedSo these are Lost Boys, all of these ones, yeah

So I’m hereThe Lost Boys of Sudan, what happenedwas after the war broke out the Sudan Liberation Armyasked the parents togive up their sonsto be taught in bush school

But that was not the truthbecause they wanted togo and train us up as soldiersI escaped, I did escapeto the Republic of KenyaI was still in Christianity, then I came across this groupof people that were KenyansBut they were introduced to Judaism from the 1940s

By a Jew from JerusalemThis guy, because I was already shattered,I’m hunting for the truth and he saw in my eyes that I was really wanted to know GodFrom that point onward, thatwas the beginning of everythingSo basically my kidsgo to a Jewish school

So I’m just going to pick themup and on the way, I mean, I’m going to buy something nice for them for the shabbatWe are converting and we are learning more about the Jewish lawSo it’s very exciting for usbut to our family and to our friends they find it very strange

They always say,“So how do you fit in?”To the people who are outsideit’s a strange thing to seea coloured person joining, you know, people who are CaucasianPhysically, I look likewhere I was born,

But inside of me I’mtotally a very different personHello!So if I go among Jews I am actually fit in because they are where I belongBut if I go among mypeople where I was bornI don’t fit in,

Because my soul is differentMaybe we start with you first?Me, me, me!So before we eat what do we need to do?Say bracha (blessing)Yeah, we need to say a bracha

(Blessed are you, Lord our God,King of the universe,by whose word allthings came to be)Amen!So I’ve made a lot of new friendsthis year and last year,since we came to the communityand the community's verywelcoming and very friendly

Shalom!Shalom!It’s all a transition, I’m not theonly one making the changeThrough these human beingsthat come in contact with meand plus the, you know, the seeking for the truth,the transition is happening

Everyone is looking forwardto finishing the conversionand there is a party at the synagogue,and everyone welcome us and we becomepart of the community fullyShabbat shalom!Shabbat shalom!Shabbat shalom!

Shabbat shalom!

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