That’s right, I’ve got chutzpah!
Posted by lchaimlover on April 22, 2007
For those of you who don’t know, I’m not “technically” Jewish. My mother converted to Judaism when she was younger, and fell away from it as I was growing up. I remember the occasional latke, menorah, and matzah ball soup, but it was always fleeting and unexplained. I recall my mother often accusing me of having chutzpah, but I took this as a good thing and would dance around the house singing “I’ve got chutzpah!” at the top of my lungs. My journey to Judaism began in college, when I discovered first Hillel then Chabad then, of course, a Jewish boy. I now live as an Orthodox Jew, and as you can see, have many Jewish opinions. Why am I telling you all of this? I have just officially submitted my application to convert to Judaism to the Rabbinical Council of California. I am now eagerly awaiting a response, any response, to hear if all of my studying and crazy lifestyle changes are worth something.
Ever wondered what an application to be a Jew looks like? It’s quite intense, not to mention expensive, with questions ranging from how you feel about your family, to the state of your health. Mine clocked in at about 10 pages. I know what you’re thinking, 10 pages, that’s it? 10 pages and we’ll let this meshuganah be a Jew? Yeah right! But as I make this final journey towards “proving” I was at Sinai, I will occasionally update you on the state of things, just to remind you what demanding people us Jews can be. Oyster inspired me to share my journey when he allowed us to share his intensely personal experience on March of the Living. “Chutzpah” you say, “this girl wants to be a Jew and wants to tell us about it!” Yep, I’ve got chutzpah! Complain if you like, I’m a Jew, you’re a Jew, we thrive on complaining.
So what do you think? Have I got what it takes? We’ll see…