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Are You Too Old To Change Religions?

Many older people often have the mindset that they are too old to do some things. Yes, they may not be able to go out and start competing in a sporting event that is for those who are much younger, since their bodies may not be as strong. However, other aspects that many seniors think they are too old for, is really not an issue. One of these issues is the type of religion that you practice and are recognized as a member of this religion. Judaism is one religion that is rather strict on just who can be considered Jewish and who cannot be. This is one reason that many seniors think they are too old to convert. The process is long and hard, but a senior who wishes to do this are not going to be denied this option due to their age. They simply have to be ready to work for it, as it will take a lot of dedication.

What you Need to Prepare For

One of the major things that you need to prepare for when you are ready to convert is that the Rabbi that you see is going to try to persuade you to not join. This is their way of weeding out those who are truly not ready to be Jewish or simply have no desire to do this. You will meet with the Rabbi periodically in which time he will try to point out that you are not ready or that you truly do not believe the same was the Jewish people believe. This process can take quite a while, as many people have said that they waited up to a year to allowed to begin the actual conversion process.

There will be many lifestyle changes and rules that you are going to have to adhere to in order to become a converted Jew. These rules are something that everyone goes by and they will be told to you and taught in depth. Just a few examples though, your clothing will need to be more modest throughout the year, you cannot eat dairy with your meal, you may not be able to attend all the functions that you once attended if they are held in a place of worship other than a Jewish place of worship and the like. One of our readers just had a group of residents at a local retirement home convert to Judaism. The members of this community ended up moving to a retirement community that fit their needs when it came to their new found religious beliefs.

Putting in the Time

To become Jewish, learning all the rules and the like will take quite a bit of time. However, you will find that if you serious about this, you can make it work. Whether this is the best decision for you or not will depend on what you truly believe. Many people are interested in Judaism before they learn the ins and outs of what to expect, while others are still all for converting after learning what they need to be prepared for.

Do not let your age stop you from doing something that you are truly interested in or believe in. Just because you are older does not mean that you cannot become a converted Jew and live out your life in a way that you have always wanted to do.

HI! I’m Amanda and I’m a writer here for The Lutheran Church Chronicle. I graduated with my BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto, and I’m excited to continue writing for the paper!