Hey everyone, I hope you all had a safe and easy fast today.
Yesterday was a very fulfilling day. On December 13th, 2021 / 9 Tevet 5782, I was welcomed home by completing my conversion to Judaism and officially joined our people. I have Jewish ancestry but I was not halachically Jewish, and for a long time now I knew that deep down this was something I needed to do. It took three years, but I’m finally here.
Today on December 14th / 10 Tevet, I spent my first full day as a Jewish man and partook in my first of many to come fasts as a Jew. I’ve fasted before but it was different this time. It had a certain weight to it, it’s hard to explain.
My city is currently hosting an exhibit that memorializes and teaches the history of Auschwitz. So today I threw my kippah on, drove to make my time slot, and spent a little over two hours looking at every document, image, and horror that we as a people and others experienced not that long ago. The exhibit has been here for some time now but I’ve been waiting to visit until my conversion was completed. It just so happens the soonest I could get a ticket was Asarah B’Tevet.
And as strange as it sounds, I can’t think of a better and more meaningful way to have spent my first full day as a Jew than fasting and remembering what we’ve been through. It has a way of putting everything into perspective. We’ll make it through any trial and any struggle, because we always have.
I hope that everyone has a good remainder of the week. I’m glad to be here.
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