As many of you know I am a Jew. Technically, under Jewish law, this has always been the case, however, I didn’t know that. Let me explain my journey and how it began.
My father and his parents were devout Southern Baptists. My mother loved my father and his parents so much she agreed to raise her children as Southern Baptists. Thus, until I was 16 I believed what was taught by the Southern Baptist church was true.
For those who are new to the congregation, my name is Richard. My wife and I have been members here for nearly 20 years. And like a great many who are members, I identify myself as a Jew, my Jewish name being Dovid. Jews are in the middle of the Days of Awe, the High Holy Days. Much has changed in the past year. All of us, Jews and non Jews alike are in a time of reexamination, of ourselves, and the world in which we live.
My parents came from different backgrounds and had experienced quite different traditions. My mother was raised by her Jewish grandmother and belonged to a Jewish sorority. My father’s parents were Southern Baptists. When my parents married my mother agreed to join the Baptist Church. So my earliest experience in religious traditions were those of the Southern Baptists. By the time my parents divorced when I was in high school...