How did I know I was ready to formally convert? When I decided that yes, I could give up bacon.
Sure, that might seem trite, but up until now pork products have been a huge part of my life. I have been known as the main consumer of bacon in my family…
If I am committed enough to give up such deliciousness forever, then this Judaism stuff must be, well, super-important. Of course, by this time I have also realised that Jews aren’t supposed to eat shellfish either, which means no more prawns.
I have been learning bits and pieces about Judaism for several years now, including some Hebrew for fun (have always wanted to learn another language).
Bacon of course being a symbol of my life up until my decision to convert. Really what I had realised was that I would be gaining so much more by becoming Jewish than I would be giving up.
Bacon is delicious, but it is just a food. There are things in life that are just as important that up until now I’ve not really had. Things like deeply satisfying spiritual growth, a sense of community belonging, a connection to the universe on a level that makes me truly appreciate being alive, being part of something greater.
In my usual decisive way, when I decide to do something, it gets done, ASAP. So I called a Rabbi…