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Audio: A Modern Day Ruth - Ruti Eastman: A Convert's Tale

From a military mom to a full-fledged Jew: Ruti's long journey home.
5/17/2013, 4:10 PM

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Though her father was Jewish, Ruti never really got to know him and was raised by her lapsed-Catholic mother in a small town in Washington State.

After looking for a job for a number of months, Ruti joined the US military in order to live out their promotional ads: to see the world and go to college. In the army, she met her soul mate and married. Once their son was born, Ruti and her husband started shopping around for a spiritual framework in which to raise him. Perhaps it was Ruti's Jewish genes, perhaps it was her neshama (soul) searching for its purpose, but the stumbled upon Judaism and connected to it. Once re-stationed in Germany, they connected with an Orthodox rabbi, who understood them better than they understood themselves. "I can only convert both of you, not just one of you," Ruti was told. The classes began at an intense pace.

After their conversion and the myriad of miracle which accompanied it, the Eastmans moved to Baltimore, and from there to the true East, the Holy Land of Israel where they finally feel like they are at home.

Ruti's journey took many twists and turns, some funny and some less so. Tune in to hear her tell her tale with introspection and humor!

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Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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