Therefore, there are no posts on Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30.
"Imagine having Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in four weeks. ...And add a couple of days to each. And then make one of them a week long."(If you've had prior conversations about Shabbat, you can add the part about most of those days having Shabbat-like restrictions.)
Merciful God, merciful God, powerful God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, forgiver of iniquity, willful sin and error, and Who cleanses. - Exodus/Shmot 34:6-7
Sidenote: Tablecloths are often joked about. It refers to shadchanim who ask what color tablecloth you use on Shabbat. It has to be white. The real machlokes is whether the white tablecloth should have a plastic cover or not.
[T]he beauty of this punchline is that it applies to all situations. Kind of like manna was supposed to taste like anything you wanted it to. Or maybe that was tofu. Still, the joke I heard was: “Why is premarital sex banned? Because it could lead to mixed dancing…”First-runner up goes to a comment on the Facebook debate about the probably-imminent mixed dancing at the then-upcoming Grogger's concert:
And if there ISN'T mixed dancing, I'm leaving. I'm sick of relying on brushing up against people on the subway for some action.
Disclaimer: As a general rule, we are speaking about people who are still very early in the conversion process (and yes, that may still describe you, person who has been reading books for five years!). They don't quite know what they're getting into yet, even though they think (as we all did) that Judaism is as simple as the religions they left. I'm not talking about liberal candidates who think about the possibility of "upgrading" their conversions later. (Since "upgrading" seems to be the common word, even though I take issue with it.) Everyone considers it as a possibility, and some even expect there is a high chance of becoming orthodox later. Really, everyone thinks about this. Even the people who honestly believe that orthodoxy is "against them" for being female or gay or whatever. They may laugh it off within 5 minutes, but they acknowledge that it is a possibility, no matter how remote. I'm referring to people who, at the time, really do not intend to be a liberal Jew and are simply "passing time" in the liberal community until they can move to an orthodox community. In short, it's getting a liberal conversion when you don't want one. This does not mean that they have any idea of what an orthodox Jew is or does or even know any orthodox halacha. We'll discuss that issue below.
Note: Staying close to children from a prior relationship (or keeping them close to the non-custodial parent, especially because of a court order), taking care of an ailing family member, or an inability to get a visa to another country are generally very good reasons for not moving to an orthodox community. What you do with that situation, I leave to you. I am in no position to advise you when you have those kinds of serious issues restraining you. Hashem has given you your situation for a good reason, and I don't know what that reason is.I think the moving issue is one of the biggest myths out there about conversion. There are always steps you can take: people you can talk to, experiences you can have, mitzvot you can take on. Maybe those steps even include attending that liberal shul while you live there! What I can guarantee those steps do not include is disrespecting that community or misleading them. You don't have to tell them you aren't satisfied with their Judaism and intend to pursue an orthodox conversion, but you shouldn't hide that opinion from the rabbi if you want them to take the time and resources to convert you.