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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