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A Book I can Relate Too.
on August 8, 2005
After reading Ms. Winner's book, GIRL MEETS GOD, I felt a great sense of kinship. I, like Ms. Winner, was an Orthodox Jew. In fact I was a convert to the religion for many years (longer than the author) and I attended a Jewish seminary to boot (a yeshiva). I identify with her experience with Orthodox Judaism. It is a beautiful religion with a lot of spirituality and wisdom. But for me something was missing. After years I realized that God, after all the memorizations of laws and prayers, was every distant (the religion has an almost Gnostic side to it where God can be reached after certain steps are met). I felt a call to find a closer bond with Him. My long search within Judaism led me to Christianity. Another issue I had with Orthodox Judaism, which I saw in GIRL MEETS GOD, was that I did not belong. Sure all the books say I do. In fact a convert is supposed to be respected equal. But the people sadly treated me as a curiosity. Though I wanted to be married no match maker would set me up because I was not born Jewish. Their excuses ranged from not having memorized the whole Mishnah (a book of oral laws and traditions), not wearing my fedora 24/7, that I spoke to my non-Jewish family, that I some times wore jeans, that I have watched movies and TV, etc.
So while reading Winner's book, I found myself saying, "Me too!" Though I do not agree with some of her ideas, I still think we are on the same page. I can identify with her feelings for being seduced by Christ in the littlest of things like dreams, art, comments those closest to me have made. All in all I think it is a good book. I do not think, like others, that she is using her former Orthodox Jewish status to sell the book. It is an honest statement of her travels through life. Yes she is young. So what! God speaks to us at all stages in our lives and uses our energy to His own ends. If I could give her one bit of advice, I would advise her to check out more of the Reformed Theology, like the works John Calvin, I think she will find some connections between Reformed theology and Orthodox Judaism.