People who have converted to Judaism & emerged from the mikveh/ritual bath are not Velveteen Jews.

They are real Jews, fully Jews, 100% Jews in every way, part of the Jewish people.

They are not required to pass any more tests, of belief or practice. They are Jews.
If you convert and your relationship to Jewish practice shifts and changes over time? Still a Jew.

If you convert and you find your home in more of a secular Jewish identity over time? Still a Jew.

You don't owe anybody squat. Anybody who thinks you do is rude & wrong.

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I am launching a New Thing!

It is called Life is a Sacred Text.

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The thing about this newsletter format that's become a thing lately is that I figured out that it could be a fascinating way to do something I've wanted to do for a while.

That is: do text study in a deeper way than a person can in a Twitter thread, but still widely accessible.
Like, I want to do Torah study, pulling out lessons for us today, talking about sacred myths without painting the characters as blameless embodiments of moral perfection, letting these strange, sometimes confounding verses be pointers towards who we can be, how we can grow...
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Art, of various genres and kinds at the intersection of Torah and gender. Or Torah in the form of art. Or something.

Not comprehensive by any means, but here, learn about some fabulous things.

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It’s a delight to watch them watch it.

The 5yo’s audible gasp at “No, I am your father,” was ACES.
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I think cinema can be powerful and kids are awesome is all.
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We must fight together.
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“We will send Gov. Abbott the strongest 2nd Amendment legislation in Texas history, & protect the right of Texans to carry a handgun as they exercise their God-given right to self-defense and the defense of their families," Schaefer said.

God given, eh? Show your math.
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Also someone should explain to Schaefer that we have separation of church and state here so “God-given” should not ever be a determinant viz lawmaking.
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