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October 30, 2008


יום הולדת שמח!

יום הולדת שמח!

Wouldn't know about the getting older thing, but anyway: Happy birthday!

I love you so freakin' much. Happy happy, birthday. Welcome to 32.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!!!!

I turned 30 this year, and was excited enough to be turning 30 (it's been a rough year, medically.emotionally...all of it) that I didn't mind one bit.

I enjoyed this post, and also the mention of getupgrrl. How I miss her!

I had similar comments when I converted 7 years ago. Practicing an obscure religion is "okay" and "cool" but converting to an established religion is questioned.

I found that I could express my feminist beliefs plus my social activism within a framework of rituals and traditions that are thousands of years old.

And it's been great...

Happy Birthday!

Thank you for my birthday gift- I turned 33 on Monday and this song is more perfect than I can say.

I wish you well.

Happy birthday!

Happy Birthday!

My husband and I took a lot of crap when we converted too (neither of us are ethnically Jewish). There were a lot of people who didn't understand why we bothered with a ritual conversion (our temple is along the hippie spectrum), a lot of people who didn't believe that you could convert to Judaism at all. And a lot of people who didn't get the organized religion bit.

I've found that most people never really understand. But once you have finished the process they sort of forget that you were ever anything else. Except my mother.

Happy 32nd! I'm going to be 35 (gasp!) in a few months, and part of the time I can't believe how old I've become, and part of the time I don't feel much different than 19.

I work with teenagers, and the other day one of them greeted me by using the term "girl" (as in, "Hey girl!") and I jokingly told him I wasn't a girl, that I was probably twice his age, which I meant as hyperbole, until I did the math and realized that I was, indeed, exactly twice his age. :-P

Mostly, though, I'm so happy with where I am, that I usually just feel ageless.

And congrats on your conversion, too--I'm so glad you've found a spiritual home!

Man, I turn thirty in a few months and it's still a bit shocking to me. I did not expect my life to look the way it currently does... no kids, no boyfriend even! Plus, I'm thinking about moving to a new city. Life is very surprising.

Anyway, the real reason I commented was to say thank you. This post really got me thinking. I rejected my Catholic upbringing in lieu of a more spiritual view of the universe. I've spent time reading up on Buddhism and I've seen the Dalai Lama speak. I love what I've learned and am quite happy with where I'm at spiritually. But! I SO AGREE with everything you said about ritual and tradition. I have very fond memories of those things growing up, and if I have children some day, I think it would be important to me to give them a similar experience. Besides, I'm thankful I had a religious foundation growing up. I think it provided an excellent jumping off point for all my studies.

Soooo, yeah. I'm rambly today. Anyway, you got me thinking and it made me wonder what I will do when I have kids... go back to organized religion of some sort?
I think I just might.

Happy Birthday.

I'm 31 - but 7 in my "Jewish" years. Did my actual conversion on the actual 9/11. yeah - that wasn't planned.

But you said the exact reason why I tell people I converted - it just fits better than the nothing I was following before.

Mazel Tov and Congrats on your decision. Enjoy the studying - it's amazing how much you'll learn about yourself.

Getting older..does 35 count? I forget my age often, catch myself looking at a cute guy on campus and then realize I must look like a sick-o. I feel young. I feel old. I hate the way my hips hurt now. I love the way I have some personal space. I am exercising so that I can do what I want for as long as possible. I like being older. The main thing I really miss is the unique zeal of being a teenager, full of life and ideas and creativity, and being perched right there on the brink of my whole life. Yeah. I miss that.

Happy Birthday! I turned 30 three months ago, and in my first week of being 30 I got engaged and got a promotion. So I can't complain! I didn't mind saying goodbye to my 20s one bit. Onward and upward!

wow you guys are all so *young* ... ;-) just turned 43 here, with a kid in middle school and my "baby" learning to read in kindergarten, menopause just around the corner ... feels very much like I'm moving on to a new age and stage, and it's definitely throwing me a for a bit of a loop.

Jo, I so completely get your conversion, and huge congratulations! I too was once very drawn to Judaism, and my brother is a convert, all my nieces and nephews Jewish ... as for me, I did the even more unthinkable (at least to my hip-ironic-liberal-godless-elite friends) and converted to Protestant Christianity, the faith of my partner. That was ten years ago, and my journey is now taking me (gasp!) into the practice of Catholicism, much to the chagrin of many (partner excluded -- she's not following me, but totally gets it).

I just can't tell you how thrilled I am for you!



I'm 38 now, and the time thing throws me for a loop. Often. A lot has to do with particular circumstances but some if is just time: I feel like I'm on a speeding train, so the past was left behind a long way distant, but also the past happened just a few minutes ago.

It's disorienting. I wish it weren't.

Happy Birthday. You know I think I was always meant to be right where I am now. I love being in my late forties, as a grandmother. As a Native American, being older is seen as a blessing, not a curse. It was very difficult being a bright outspoken young woman. No one is surprised now, and I am allowed to comfortably be myself. I LOVE it.

one other thought -- make your conversion be all about choosing judaism, which is a beautiful, hopeful, vibrant choice, and not about rejecting christianity -- which would also be a beautiful, hopeful, vibrant thing to choose, but for the fact that you don't happen to be choosing it. i personally can't embrace any theology that requires rejecting another faith in order to embrace my own (i know this puts me in a minority among christians, but that's just one among many of my minority statuses!)

again, big, huge congratulations!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love when you do these reflective posts...

Getting older? Hmm... almost 30 and navigating the terrain where most of my friends are having babies/getting mortgages/getting married... while I still feel like a uni student who never wants to grow up.

But I met a dude in the park who said something about "wasting his 30's chasing his 20's" and that struck a chord and maybe I should just move onto the next stage of life?

marta, the rejection of christianity occurred about fifteen years ago! folks like you have led me to reconsider my former hard-line stance (because you know how measured and accepting of subtlety sixteen-year-olds are). when it came to my personal ethos, though, there was no christianity left to reject, if you will.

but duly noted.

First, happy (very belated) birthday!

What a beautiful post!!! I've really wanted to know all these things that you've written about (I've been wondering how it was going, well, it being your conversion which I didn't really know was that deep and serious and beautiful)... anyway, it's also lovely to come here and hear from Marta (that's where I first met her too -- in the comment section of your blog and only later in person), and even Jody... talking about aging. (and, just curious... have you ever heard anything again from Getupgrrl?)

So... since you asked, being five years older feels... I don't know... I've always liked to get older, e.g. I start saying my new age six months before my birthday ... so, it feels great. I just worry that after I have to say "40 something" it won't feel as good. But maybe not!

"make your conversion be all about choosing judaism, which is a beautiful, hopeful, vibrant choice, and not about rejecting christianity"


"i personally can't embrace any theology that requires rejecting another faith in order to embrace my own"

Choosing Judaism means acceptance of Judaism's core laws, which involves rejection of foreign religious practices and beliefs.

I would think the same would apply to any theology, including your own, when other theologies conflict with it.

Tradition holds that the events of Lech Lecha, this week's Torah portion, began after Avraham, then Avram, rejected idolatry.

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