It's been awhile since my last post. Things have been pretty busy. But something very magical happened during this break that I want to talk about.
On, Thursday, March 12th, Tiffany presented herself to a rabbinical tribunal at Adas Israel (http://www.adasisrael.org) in Washington, DC. The purpose of this was that Tiffany wanted to convert to Judaism.
Over the last 18 months or so, Tiffany has attended classes and met with the rabbi at the synagogue (http://www.oseh-shalom.org) where our children go to Hebrew school. Sometime in November or December (my remembrance of the date is a bit hazy), I received a call from Tiff telling me when she was going to convert. Tiff's interest and study seemed to increase a bit as the date of the conversion approached. What is kosher? What about Shabbat? Will you teach me hebrew? The list went on and on. :-)
March 12th came and Tiffany sat in front of the tribunal. Not only did Tiffany and I go, but so did her parents and my parents. She was peppered with questions. all different ways to ask "Why do you want to be Jewish?". She answered each one with care and sensitivity. You could tell that this was something she wanted and felt very strongly in her heart about. It was like watching a child research for a report and then repsent all of their findings. I can honestly say I was extremely proud to sit by her side as the rabbis asked her about her thoughts and feelings. After listening to her answers, the rabbis all agreed that Tiffany should be allowed to convert to Judaism.
We then escorted her to the mikvah for the ritual immersion and prayers to complete the conversion. After a couple laps around the mikvah pool (just kidding), Tiffany's conversion was complete.
This was a very important day for her. I am very proud of her. Not because she converted but because she did something that she put her mind to. She completed a new step in her "spiritualness".
And, to that, I say to her "I love you."