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The great grandmother story

The great grandmother story

Friday, 21 December, 2012 - 3:38 pm

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While it is not the first time it happened to me and I have shared similar stories in the past, every time it happens it gives me a sense of purpose and joy in living in this part of the world. So here is my email exchange with Elizabeth:

Hello Rabbi Meir, I was not raised Jewish, but I am interested in Judaism and I have recently found out that I have Jewish lineage on my mother's side. My great-grandmother was Jewish, born and raised in Poland and then later moved to Canada. I am currently an undergraduate student at Uvic and taking religious studies, but I want to connect with my Jewish identity. I'm wondering if you can provide guidance and where I should go from here.

Thank you,

Elizabeth 

Dear Elizabeth,

Great to hear from you!
Was this great grandmother your grandmother's mother or your grandfather׳s mother?
MK

My mother's grandmother. So my mom's mom's mom (If that makes sense).

Elizabeth


Are you positive about that? I.e. that both parents of your mother's mother's mother were Jewish?

MK


Quite positive, yes. My great grandmother came from a Jewish family in Poland, but she didn't raise her children under her faith unfortunately. I'm not sure of what her maiden name was either. Ack - sorry, that's probably not of much help.

Elizabeth



Dear Elizabeth,

Jewish law considers you 100% Jewish. According to Jewish law one who is born to a Jewish mother is as Jewish as can be for the rest of one's life! You don't only have jewish lineage, you are a Jew and no wonder you have an interest in your own heritage! Welcome home!
 I'll be very happy to meet you and talk about it further. Do you have time next week?

Oh, and Happy 2nd night of Chanukah!

Warm wishes!

MK


Thank you! Yes, that's wonderful news. I'm very happy to hear that. I do have time next week, apart from an exam on the 18th. I'd really like to figure out where I go from here.

Cheers,

Elizabeth

Elizabeth will be in our home for Shabbat dinner next Friday. Our family and guest will be there to celebrate Shabbat with her for the first time. I think her great grandmother will be there too...

Comments on: The great grandmother story
12/21/2012

Inna Smolov wrote...

Every time a Jewish soul is yearning to come home, it is miracle. And what a great coincidence that this time it will be yours and Chani's home. And, perhaps, it is not a coincidence at all.
12/21/2012

Lindy Shortt wrote...

Welcome home, Elizabeth! Another beautiful story of a neshama finding its way.

Shabbat Shalom!

The Shortt family
12/21/2012

Ireta Fisher wrote...

I love the story and perhaps Teshuva.