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THE LONG AND ARDUOUS SEARCH FOR TRUTH. MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE EUROPEAN BETH DIN, BASEL (PHOTOS)

Vienna, Adar 5775/March 2015 (With Picture)
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THE LONG AND ARDUOUS SEARCH FOR TRUTH. MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE EUROPEAN BETH DIN, BASEL. (see photo)
For the last three years I have been taking regular weekly Shiurim with Rabbi Ahron Daum, Shlita in preparation of a Halachically recognized Giyur with the European Beth Din. I always felt a connection with Yahadut, Israel and everything Judaism stands for, ever since I was a child. I just can´t explain why and how, and I think that I will never be able to express into words.
During these last three years I have completed a fascinating course of study which was also emotionally a very intense experience. During this I covered all the aspects of Yidishkeit, with a particular stress on Shabbat, Chagim, Kashrut, Tefilot, Jewish life cycle, etc. It is also very important during the conversion process to study and practice the Hebrew language, the language of Torah, the holy language. Fluent reading and correct pronounciation of the liturgical Hebrew text is of great significance , as to be able to follow the prayers. Furthermore, Hebrew reading skills are also the first impression a giyur candidate makes with any Beth Din and therefore provide a way in.
Another important fact is that the Giyur candidate needs to be integrated into an orthodox Jewish community. Practically this entails living in a city with a vibrant Jewish community and the necessary Jewish infrastructure like a daily Minyan, Kosher supplies, Mikveh, etc. After coming back from Israel where I did research work at the Pharmacology department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I stayed in Slovenia (my country of birth) for a while, but I quickly decided to move to Vienna, the city that has a lot to offer for a religious, Torah observant Jew. Most of the Jewish infrastructure is located either in the first district (the old city) or just nearby in the second district (Leopoldstadt). I would also like to mention the Eruv of Vienna, which makes our lives here easier and is probably one of the best Eruvim in Europe.
To all those who sincerely wish to join the covenant between Hashem and Am Israel, I would warmly recommend Rabbi Ahron Daum, Shlita as an very knowledeable teacher of long experience and as an excellent mentor to start your conversion process towards an orthodox, Halachically recognised Giyur.
Next year in Jerusalem!
L´chaim!
Haim Akiva ben Avraham
Vienna, Austria

I am (the second to left) together with the London Beth Din.
Dayan Rabbi Chanoch Ehrentreu was absent and asked the members of the London Beth Din to assist in the final requirement of any giyur, going into the mikva in the presence of the Beth Din.

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