- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I think it’s normal to be a little anxious but everyone will be there to support you. If there is a way you can meditate and take a few minutes to yourself before the conversion begins, you can collect yourself and your thoughts.
I’m sure once you are in the moment you will just be overwhelmed with emotion for what is going on and all thoughts of saying something stupid will go out the window.
I converted to Judaism almost a year ago. I was so nervous and stressed out in the time leading up to the beit din and mikveh, just like you’ve mentioned. Honestly, there’s no need to be nervous. A Rabbi would never recommend somone to go before the beit din that they weren’t already sure was ready. I was asked about my desire to convert and general Judaism questions – holidays, number of mitzvot, etc. Nothing difficult. Really, the beit din are there to be sure that you’re converting of your own free will and that you’re confident in your decision to convert. I would just say be honest with your answers and there shouldn’t be a question about sincerity.
On the day of the beit din/mikveh, I read a meditation/prayer that was in the Anita Diamant book about conversion. It helped to calm my nerves and really centered my heart and mind on what was going to be happening that day. Not knowing how to swim isn’t an issue either – the water doesn’t come up high enough that you would need to swim. All you have to know how to do is hold your breath. And about your period – you would just have to reschedule. It would only be a temporary setback though!
In terms of a gift for the people involved in my conversion…we gave the Rabbi a donation to his organization. I’m sure they would appreciate anything though.
Ultimately I would just say, try to relax and live in the moment. The mikveh in particular was one of the happiest moments in my life. Actually, thinking about it now makes me start to tear up.
Mazel Tov! If you have any more questions, let me know!
The topic ‘Question for converts (jewish and otherwise)…’ is closed to new replies.