It feels odd yet liberating to say this, but I’m coming back to the Jewish faith. I have been a Catholic for 5 years and for years before that, I was a non-observant Jew. However this is going to be a delicate and slow process.
First, I have already told my wife of my wish to return. Right now, she is upset, but I believe she’s within her rights to be upset for now. I want to come back and be a more observant Jew than I was before I converted and I need some advice on how I can do that. So I have some questions.
1) Since my household is interfaith, I don’t think it can ever be a truly kosher household. Is there anything I can do about it? Is it okay to just observe it the best I can? Or is there any point at all if I’m not fully following the rules of Kashrut?
2) Any recommendations for Hebrew study? I never had the opportunity to learn, so I’d like to try and learn.
3) I don’t have the income to afford a membership to my local Reform synagogue. I’d like to attend services, which I think I still can, but I don’t really have expendable income after the bills are paid to become a full member. Additionally, does anyone have anything I can read to learn more about Reform services and customs?
4) Where do I begin really? I know I’ve technically still been Jewish the entire time I was Catholic, but I don’t want it to be as simple as flipping a switch because that doesn’t feel genuine to me.
5) Are there any interfaith families on here that have general advice on raising children in an interfaith household?
6) Should I wear my kippah everyday (I never had the heart to get rid of them)? I never was too good about wearing it when I was a kid.
7) I’m sorry if I’m fumbling or sound confused. I just don’t know where to begin, but I feel happy just talking about these things again.