So my father is Jewish and my mother is Christian. We celebrate the high holidays, Hanukkah, Passover, etc., and we tend to stay Kosher (year round, but we also follow the Kosher rules on Passover). So we have a pretty balanced life between Christianity and Judaism, which at first was like “whAt?” and then as I matured, I realized how I could look into religion with quite a different lens.
So this is where it gets tricky: I haven’t “made up my mind” (for lack of better words) on religion, but I can tell you right now that I’m not atheist (nothing against that of course, but I can just tell you that I’m not). Traditionally, one would probably say that I am not Jewish (because my mother isn’t, and did not go through a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, etc.) but I also have no relation to any church, like baptism, etc. So I’m just kind of out here tethered to two religions.
So from what I understand, the Jewish community is more accepting then when my father grew up (modern orthodox), so this whole “mother must be Jewish“ thing is not as important for certain “branches“ of Judaism, like reform. Plus, I tend to hear about how I still have a Jewish birthright, so…it can be confusing.
Now, when I head off to college, if I decide to make a commitment (for lack of better word) to Judaism, how would I go for that? I’d probably need to really just go through conversion, but I have no idea. On top of that, I have VERY limited Hebrew skills (I only know a few words and pronunciation rules, but at least I know חַג שָׂמֵחַ!)
TL;DR: I’m growing up interfaith and would like to know the path to devoting myself to Judaism if I choose to go that way.
Oh, and mods, if this breaks any rules of sorts, sorry.