Search the FAQ Archives

3 - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
faqs.org - Internet FAQ Archives

soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Miscellaneous and References (11/12)
Section - Question 19.1: I want to become more observant. Where do I start?

( Single Page )
[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index | Neighborhoods ]


Top Document: soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Miscellaneous and References (11/12)
Previous Document: ORGANIZATION
Next Document: Question 19.2: Why is "shabbat" spelled sometimes shabbath, shabbath, shabbos, shabbes?
See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
                                  Answer:
   
   Coming from a background of nothing, the best thing you can do first
   is to find someone who is already observant with whom you are
   comfortable and discuss the issues involved.
   
   Join a directed study group designed for "Baalei Tshuva". It is
   impossible to be a practicing Jew (of any type) without the knowledge
   of what you are practicing. There are groups within many communities
   which are set up to do this. Examples include Chabad Lubavitch, Aish
   Hatorah seminars, and NCSY youth groups. Non-Orthodox Jews also do
   outreach, but in common parlance, baal teshuvah refers to someone who
   adopts Orthodox Judaism.
   
   The best advice is often to go slowly, decide what you are going to
   do, and don't let difficulties with particular levels of observance
   cause you to drop the whole matter. Find a sympathetic rabbi who will
   help and advise you. Avoid the "All or Nothing" syndrome.
   
   Most of all remember that you are not alone. If you scan the list of
   mailing lists in [5]Section 20.3, you'll even discover there are
   numerous Baal Teshuva electronic mailing lists (there is at least one
   on Shamash).

User Contributions:

Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA




Top Document: soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Miscellaneous and References (11/12)
Previous Document: ORGANIZATION
Next Document: Question 19.2: Why is "shabbat" spelled sometimes shabbath, shabbath, shabbos, shabbes?

Single Page

[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index ]

Send corrections/additions to the FAQ Maintainer:
SCJ FAQ Maintainer <maintainer@scjfaq.org>





Last Update March 27 2014 @ 02:11 PM