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I haven't followed with either religion from both sides of my family and I'd like to start. My mothers family is Lutheran and I've been to Lutheran services since I was little but it was never a constant thing. My fathers family (who was hid from me till I was 18, another story) is Jewish and I barely know anything about that part of me. I have a great relationship with my father but I'd like to learn more about my Jewish side. Not sure if I'm wording this right at all, so forgive me.
Where do I begin?
What is allowed and what isn't? Do you have to follow all the rules or is there a more relaxed part of it?
Online resource: aish hatorah...a huge, wonderful website with tons of information on all things Jewish. It is written from a traditional perspective.
I don't know where you live, but you could look to see if there is a local Aish branch or a "community kollel". These are groups that do what is referred to as "outreach". They are, IMHO, very welcoming and non-judgemental.
There are several different branches of Judaism (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox) and each one has different takes on what is "allowed" and what is not. Orthodox follow all of the rules. However, the outreach groups that I talked about above believe in the concept of "one mitzvah (commandment) at a time" and don't feel that Judaism is all or nothing. Reform is the most liberal branch and the others fall somewhere inbetween.
Where are you located? If you are interested in exploring Reform Judaism I can make some suggestions, and maybe even find you a resource center in your area.
See, that's where I get confused. I can't find anything here, although I've seen a little white building clear across town with the Star of David on it. There is never anyone in the parking lot and it's always dark. I live in the Sioux City, Iowa area and I'm stuck.