I was received into the Church about six years ago, but before that I practiced Orthodox Judaism and very nearly converted (I was not raised Jewish and so am not halachically Jewish). I have more or less left that part of my life behind because I am not ethnically Jewish and believe very much in Christ and His Church–so why do anything Jewish when I am not Jewish by faith or family?
BUT…My wife and I are expecting our first child in December and we plan on raising her to speak both English and another language–likely Hebrew because I know it reasonably well (as well as French and some Spanish). I have come to the realization that my Jewish identity is still a deep part of who I am and how I relate to God. I have spent time in Israel and we have talked about one day even moving there.
None of this is to say that I wish to be Jewish. I love my Catholic faith. But I just feel like I come at it Jewishly, if that makes sense. But what can I do with that? I know about Hebrew Catholics, but I am not even ethnically Jewish. I actually feel more like an Israeli living the Catholic faith. What can I do without improperly blurring boundaries? Can I use a Jewish prayer book to pray? Can I observe Jewish holidays? Should we raise our kids speaking Hebrew at all? It is a little sticky because unlike Hebrew Catholics, I am not Jewish. But all if the years I spent in shul, the trips to Israel, and the devout Jewish life I lived has imprinted itself, in a way, on my heart, and I don’t know what to do about it.