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Question about jewish phillosophy, religon as well as my heritage heritage?

I was raised catholic, to a not very devout family, they were caught up in their own issues too much to be really religous. Anyway i got out of chuirch was a merely tradition and nothing much else to be offered. I was young and really wasnt thinking much about my soul and place in the universe. First I saw god as bright and all powerfull, that if i believed enough things would work out greatly in my favor, if only contentmentr, i grew a little and viewed as him/ it as mute aloof, but having a plan, a few years later slowly i saw him as apathetic and if he did exist he didnt care much i was void of belief not atheist exactly but nihilistic. eventually i looked for introvertable religion like buddhisim and eventually shamanism, which came coupled with my drug use. all this in i write this so you have better understanding my of situation. I have jewish ancestry the farthest back i know about is my great gm and gm by proxy. For jews do sound like judaism might be right for me??
also I want to know, after being raised gentile for my whole life, could i still become a member of the jewish faith. I dont know a whole lot aobut the hebrew people more thant the average person maybe but not an expert ot be sure. I want to know the tenets an of judaism and how it cant help mr discover gods love and accpettance guidance want to know the tenets an. Matisyahu is very inspiring in his loving compaasionate way of talking aobut his faith and in the world. and he was a complete transforamtion from follwoing pohish around the country to be a devote hacidic (sp?) jew. it makesd me wonder what the possibiltites for me are
also I want to know, after being raised gentile for my whole life, could i still become a member of the jewish faith. I dont know a whole lot aobut the hebrew people more thant the average person maybe but not an expert ot be sure. I want to know the tenets an of judaism and how it cant help mr discover gods love and accpettance guidance want to know the tenets an. Matisyahu is very inspiring in his loving compaasionate way of talking aobut his faith and in the world. and he was a complete transforamtion from follwoing pohish around the country to be a devote hacidic (sp?) jew. it makesd me wonder what the possibiltites for me are

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  1. Judaism is amazing is so many ways. The liturgy is powerful, the psychology of it all wise, profound and usually quite effective. Good community, good food, lots of fun. At it’s best, Judaism is a 4000 year-long on-going discussion on how to best live ethically. It’s well worth exploring.
    If you want to read up a bit, my recommendation is A.J. Heschel’s _Shabbat_. But do look for a synagogue, most are very happy to welcome sincere explorers. And especially one with Jewish ancestors! Friday evenings tend to more accessible than Saturday mornings, shorter too. Reconstructionist and Reform will have prayer books with transliteration so you don’t have to read Hebrew to follow along.
    May as well find out for yourself. At the very least, you’ll learn something about your grandparents.

  2. *Is Catholic*
    Your chief problem is that you do not know where you are. You are obviously searching, but how do you know where to go or what to look for if you do not know where you currently are?
    From what you right, I can tell you right now that you would be interested in DESERT SPIRITUALITY, and forms of monasticism. People with your background head in that direction. Try SAYINGS OF THE DESERT FATHERS by Ward.
    Now Catholicism is Judaism. It is fulfilled Judaism. If you go off and become a Hasidic Jew what you will have is the promises instead of the fulfillment. If you know enough about Judaism at the time of Christ and the structure and forms of the Catholic Faith, you would recognize that all the promises in the Jewish worship are fulfilled in Catholicism, and that Catholic worship and spirituality is very Jewish. Even if one doesn’t accept the claims of Christ, one has to accept that the structure of Catholicism rests on Judaism in an organic manner. If you read the book of the Law on the worship of the Tabernacle, what is held in promise there is fulfilled in the Mass (or as the Jew would say is a way of fulfilling).
    So if you would really like to be Jewish, then you should explore the Catholic Faith and understand how profoundly Jewish it is.
    http://www.salvationisfromthejews.com (read the converts section)
    The Spirit of the Liturgy — Ratzinger
    The Lamb’s Supper — Hahn
    Now some more on your question.
    Judaism by blood is passed through the mother’s bloodline. Since your mom is not Jewish, you are not Jewish. You might have Semitic blood, but that is not the same thing.
    Don’t think of your family’s past history as what is your future. That is a big mistake in all cases. What you should search for is truth and that is what you should be after.

  3. First off, Judaism is not a religion for obtaining peace of mind. If it’s peace of mind you want, find a more mystical religion.
    Don’t start with the premise that you want to convert. Learn all you can about Judaism, and then if you truly want to become part of the Jewish community, you can work toward that goal.
    Read everything you can about Judaism. If you have a synagogue in the area, ask a rabbi for recommendations. Attend a Reform service and ask questions. I guarantee you will love what you learn.
    There is no special reward for converting, and no special punishment for non-Jews so the only reason one might have for converting is a desire to become a part of the community.
    Read Herman Wouk’s “This is My God” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism” by Rabbi Benjamin Blech.

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