yocheved-for-the-win  asked:

Hey! Your blog seems really cool! I wish you the best on your conversion journey:) Just curious because I'm pondering an orthodox conversion at the moment myself (I converted conservative last year) what books did the Av Beis Din recommend for you? I want to read as much as I logistically can on top my reading for school until I'm able to find a bigger community to explore. The frum community in my town is fairly small & far from my university.

Hey, first of all thanks! The list he recommended is LONG and some of the recommendations are actually series - so in total, it probably contains around 90 books. Some books on it are starred, though, indicating that they “have been found by [the London Beth Din’s] students to be particularly beneficial”, so I’ll list those for you here:

  • Gateway to Judaism by Mordechai Becher
  • Living Jewish: Values, Practices and Traditions by Berel Wein
  • To Be A Jew by Hayyim Halevi Donin
  • Shaarei Halachah by Ze’ev Greenwald
  • The Aryeh Kaplan Anthology, Vol. I & II
  • Challenge: Torah Views on Science and its Problems by Cyril Domb and Aryeh Carmel
  • In the Beginning: Science and Biblical Creation by Natan Aviezer
  • Permission to Believe by Lawrence Kelemen
  • Permission to Receive by Lawrence Kelemen
  • G-d, Man and Tefilin by Aryeh Kaplan (for men)
  • Halichos Bas Yisroel, Vol. I & II by Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs (for women)
  • To Be A Jewish Woman by Lisa Aiken (for women)
  • The 39 Avot Melacha of Shabbat by Boruch Chait
  • Sabbath Day of Eternity by Aryeh Kaplan
  • Shemirath Shabbat, Vol. I, II & III by Yehoshua Neuwirth
  • The Really Jewish Food Guide by London Beth Din
  • The Living Torah by Aryeh Kaplan
  • The Stone Chumash (Artscroll/Mesorah)
  • The Artscroll Siddur, Machzorim for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot, Pesach and Shavuot, Kinnot for Tisha b’Av, Selichot for fasts, Hagadot for Pesach
  • Book of our Heritage, Vol I, II & III by Eliyahu Kitov 
  • The Shoah by Yitzchak Goldstein and Yoel Schwartz

There are a few authors which seem to pop up quite a bit. Coming at the top is Aryeh Kaplan, followed by Lawrence Kelemen. Zelig Pliskin and Abraham Twerski also have several books each recommended on the complete list. So if you’re looking for further reading, it seems like these authors could be a good starting point. Hope this is helpful!


Stunned Worshippers Return to Har Nof Synagogue

About 30 worshippers arrived Wednesday morning to Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof for shacharit morning prayers - the day after two Arab terrorists horrifically massacred worshippers, killing five people in the synagogue. 

Two security guards stood at the entrance to secure the morning prayer service, after the 7 a.m. prayers the previous day was interrupted by an attack with hatchets, knives and guns.

Among the worshippers were residents, people wounded in or present at the scene of the attack, as well as Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid)

One of the worshippers, Yitzhak Heshig, a doctor at Shaare Zedek Medical Center who was injured in Tuesday’s attack, made it a point to return to the synagogue for the next morning’s prayers. 

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taloness  asked:

Hello, can I ask for you to share more of your wonderful ideas about Sam being Jewish?

YES!! I should probably make a tag for all this. I will do that… soon.

I’m not a very organized thinker so even though i would do narrative form that would take longer to write and I’m EXCITED!! about this!!! so.

His mom is jewish - she converted when she was in college, but his dad is one of those people that if you asked he’d say he’s christian but, like, never goes to church or does anything. She dragged Sam to shul every week, or at least almost every week. He was so cute that he never wanted for attention, and she was grateful for the break from taking care of the baby for just a few hours and talk about something beyond herself.

He learned to tie shoes crawling around under the chairs during services, when he noticed Mr Abramson having trouble bending over far enough to tie his nice shabbos shoes. He learned to braid with his mother’s tzitzit.

At his bar mitzva, he gave his dvar about the slavery of the jews, the slavery of black people in america, and the importance of people holding institutional seats of power working to uplift the oppressed, not keep them down. Everyone cried. Everyone.

He bakes AMAZING challah but he will never put raisins in it because he hates them (because he has TASTE sorry I just really hate raisins). Shabbat morning, he makes challah french toast.

His first tattoo was tzedek tzedek tirdof on his left arm where the box of his tefilin sits, right on the bicep. His second was the pararescue insignia over his heart.

When he tells his rabbi that he’s bisexual, she just hugs him and says “now you have twice as many people to love, and twice as many people to love you” (this may be adapted from my own coming out experience)

I have so much more I just am very tired and have to go to sleep so people should keep asking me things! especially like specific stuff you want to hear about? or talk about generally I am so into it.