Why this family converted to Judaism

Why this family converted to Judaism


OK, welcome to the shabbat table. Welcome to the shabbat table. My family’s currently
converting to Judaism. Halakhic (lawful) Judaism. We want to become Jewish. Shalom aleichem
(Peace be with you) malachei ha-sharet
(ministering angels) malachei Elyon
(messengers of the Most High) I was born in Kenya and I grew up in in a small town known as Elburgon. We started our conversion last year and so it’s one whole year and so we are halfway now. Part of the conversion is they must eat kosher and they must have a kosher kitchen. It wasn’t easy, like, for
the kids to remember which dish is for the meat,
which one is for the milk, so the kids came up with the labelling. And so it has been
very amazing for them putting the stickers so that we could remind each other. We don’t find it so difficult
now we’re really used to it. It’s really easy cos we’ve
had them for a long time. I was born in the former
Republic of Sudan, so I grew up among the
Dinka people of the Sudan. I never heard of the
Jewish people before. The war, the war I know very well.
I’ve got very graphic pictures of what happened. So these are Lost Boys, all of these ones, yeah. So I’m here. The Lost Boys of Sudan,
what happened was after the war broke out the Sudan Liberation Army asked the parents to
give up their sons to be taught in bush school. But that was not the truth because they wanted to
go and train us up as soldiers. I escaped, I did escape
to the Republic of Kenya. I was still in Christianity, then I came across this group
of people that were Kenyans. But they were introduced
to Judaism from the 1940s by a Jew from Jerusalem. This guy, because
I was already shattered, I’m hunting for the truth
and he saw in my eyes that I was really wanted to know God. From that point onward, that
was the beginning of everything. So basically my kids
go to a Jewish school. So I’m just going to pick them
up and on the way, I mean, I’m going to buy something
nice for them for the shabbat. We are converting and we are
learning more about the Jewish law. So it’s very exciting for us but to our family and to our friends they find it very strange. They always say,
“So how do you fit in?” To the people who are outside it’s a strange thing to see a coloured person joining, you know, people who are Caucasian. Physically, I look like
where I was born, but inside of me I’m
totally a very different person. Hello! So if I go among Jews I am actually fit in because
they are where I belong. But if I go among my
people where I was born I don’t fit in, because my soul is different. Maybe we start with you first? Me, me, me! So before we eat
what do we need to do? Say bracha (blessing) Yeah, we need to say a bracha. (Blessed are you, Lord our God,
King of the universe, by whose word all
things came to be.) Amen! So I’ve made a lot of new friends
this year and last year, since we came to the community and the community’s very
welcoming and very friendly. Shalom! Shalom! It’s all a transition, I’m not the
only one making the change. Through these human beings
that come in contact with me and plus the, you know,
the seeking for the truth, the transition is happening. Everyone is looking forward
to finishing the conversion and there is a party at the synagogue, and everyone welcome us
and we become part of the community fully. Shabbat shalom! Shabbat shalom!
Shabbat shalom! Shabbat shalom!

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