I got started on it when this friend was telling me about the problems with shidduchim and how much discrimination against BT's and gerim, claiming they're not on a high enough spiritual level. I was in shock.
No doubt, I'll be blogging about the United States Presidential Elections later today, when the votes are officially counted and confirmed. As a CPA's daughter, I just can't pay attention until then. So, if it's "all in the air" we may as well think and talk about the "spiritual," רוחניות ruchaniyut in people.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself sitting and talking to a friend who had taken a spiritual journey differnt from mine to the same "location."
As a חוזרת בתשובה Chozeret b'Teshuva, one who chose to be Torah Observant, I generally feel very connected to גר צדק Ger Tzeddek, Righteous Convert. Frequently, I feel I have more in common with them than with people who were raised in religious homes and never strayed far from the path they were raised on.
Add the element of עליה aliyah ascending/moving to the Land of Israel and I sometimes find myself not quite communicating/identifying with others here.
Nowadays, all sorts of chassidic, "spiritual" affectations are very popular in our circles. It's not uncommon for synagogue prayer to be interrupted by clapping and dramatic arm gestures reminiscent of actors in grade c silent movies. OK, that's my interpretation of this new custom.
It's claimed that the Jewish Laws of Prayer are derived from Chana when she prayed here in Shiloh at the time of the Tabernacle. She is described as being totally silent; only her lips moved. That's good enough for me.
Back to my friend. She was surprised at my rankings. In general, I consider those who made the move to the Holy Land of Israel to be on a higher level than all of those in similar status. There's a major spiritual strength needed for any change, the more traumatic and life-affecting the change, the higher the level.
So, I'll make this simple.
- גר צדק Ger Tzeddek, Righteous Convert
- back and forth, FFB who dropped religion and then returned
- חוזר בתשובה Chozer b'Teshuva
- FFB, frum (religious) from birth, without detours
What do you think?