Two converts offer their perspectives on their spiritual upbringing and how it empowered them to embrace a new faith. They speak openly about how they found their new religions and what their decisions meant for their families. (Supported by Netflix)
For the good of the nation, it’s time for the couple to carve out some exceptions.
In the desert outside Reno, Nevada, I experienced Transformation by Dust. The annual week-long Burning Man event brought about 65,000 people together from all over the world and all walks of life. There were families with children, babies, young people, and elders in every combination of attire or the absence of. There were classes and workshops, as well as music, art, and art cars all night and day.
You may not be convinced at that (enter school mascot here) day that you should be engaging in more religious activities, but what I can tell you is that you have to try. Even if you are not Jewish, the community that you can be a part of is worth a few tries.
Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.
"I did it because my friends are doing it! I want to fit in, but also it's something that I want." I've used this justification with my parents, as well as with friends, to try and explain myself a little bit. I should add that I'm not talking about drugs here. Or alcohol. I'm talking about Judaism.
"We are the last generation that's going to be able to hear their stories first hand."