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    Convert Inspires Women’s Event

    Former "Miss South Africa" Ilana Skolnik, who became a Jew more than 20 years ago, inspired women with her amazing story at a brunch in Johannesburg. Full Story

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    a spiritual inspiration
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    a spiritual inspiration

    I see she is a real convert jew, but what is her story exactly?
    How did she become a jew?
    How people get inspiration if they dont know the story of the Ger, like the story of Ms. Tova Mordechai, how people can get a spiritual inspiration

    Nice
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    Nice

    Very nice, but as a Ger myself, I still find it so intrusive when people ask “why did you become a Jew?”. That’s like asking someone, “why did you marry your husband?”, too personal! Also, by constantly asking a Ger about their life ‘before’ and ‘after’, you make them feel as an outside and as different. It is halacha to accept the Ger fully without mentioning their previous lives.

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    #3

    We look for inspiration, and imagine that you will be more than willing to inspire us. We imagine that you would feel it to be a privilege that you can teach us. Our listening to you shouldn’t make you feel as an outsider, but rather as one who is well above us.

    Amazing
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    Amazing

    As a Ger, I go through the daily fears and questions from people in the community. They wants to know when, how and why I want to convert and reading stories like this one inspire me more to keep going in this personal journey. Isn’t an easy one but I am looking forward for better and happier days when people will stop staring or asking the obvious questions.

    my feelings exactly
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    my feelings exactly

    The Torah stresses kindness and inclusion towards the geress. I nvr volunteer it because i’ve found that contrary to basic chinuch, lubavitchers are quite leary of even a 100% kosher converts. They certainly would nvt suggest a shidduch from their family. I’ve even been introduced as ” oh did you know she’s a convert?”now granted the person had zero social graces, but you get the picture. I felt like saying “this is so and so, did you know her uncle was in the funny farm! “People always ask ‘oh you should tell your story….” but it’s feigned interest…they just want… Read more »

    Love , full support and admiration
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    Love , full support and admiration

    Since I know Ilana for so many years from Israel, having the priviledge and plessure, listening to her fascinating , powerful inspiring lectures, I frankly feel that i am pleasant ly willing to notify all the readers that Ilana is a real “tzadeiketh”, good heartet , sensitive ,intelligent, and a model for spiritual immitation.
    She has been from the prominent lecturers in the ladies chabad convevtions in Israel.
    Kol Tuv Ilana, We are all miss you and wish you good luck.
    G.

    This is great.  Would like to hear her story
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    This is great. Would like to hear her story

    I too have been wanting to convert. But they make it hard for me. Also I come from Pakistan. And… I was born Roman catholic. Felt an outsider there. Have always felt a pull towards Judaism. Came to the West, tried to learn and on my own have learnt a lot. B’H. But since I am in early 70’s cannot go and live among the Jewish community. They say its a must. Too bad. So they say be a good Noahide. So I say, in my heart Hashem knows who I am, and even if the Apple of His Eye,… Read more »

    Darrel Anton Abrahams
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    Darrel Anton Abrahams

    in fact, I went to confirmation classes at the Anglican church in Kensington Cape Town when she was still then Ellen Peters. That was way back in the early 70’s.

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