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Does anyone know of a good place to begin starting to study Torah? I have watched Chabad and non Chabad videos on YouTube. I am from a patrilineal descended Jewish family practicing in the reform movement. I have a strong faith in the rebuilding of the temple and want to study more. I have less of a desire to learn from Hasidism but would like to learn what I consider my people to believe in an Orthodox sense. I moved 1500 miles already to be closer to Jewish options. I was from a very rural area previously. Does anyone know of a good Modern Orthodox rabbi in the Southern California/Los Angeles area I could contact just to get a “lay of the land” on the Orthodox world? I almost attended Aish during Taglit but chose not to for personal reasons at the time (lucky for me cause it was 2006 before the 2nd Lebanon war). Recently I have listened to Dr. Henry Abramson who I believe is associated with the Aish movement and I think it is a pretty universal outlook on the whole Orthodox world but am not sure. At least is seemed so. Please Advise.

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    Dr. Henry Abramson is not associated with the “Amish” movement. He is an Orthodox Jew. There is no “Amish” movement in Judaism. If you are interested in reaching out to an Orthodox synagogue in LA then search on google for a “Young Israel of _______” and insert your area and that would be a good first place to start and email the Rabbi and see. Note that Judaism generally does not encourage conversion. You are not halachically Jewish and thus do not have to keep kosher and shabbat. A conversion would change that and if you violate shabbat after it, then you’d be liable for it before G-d. – Akiva___ Oct 1 at 19:47
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    Thank you. I meant “Aish” and not “Amish” and have since corrected it. It must have autocorrected. I’m aware of the Halacha though and the implications behind it. I’ve looked into Young Israel online and hearing about it here too is helpful. Thank you. – Kubrick Oct 1 at 20:06
  • Ah ok understood. I’m not sure he is part of an “Aish” movement per se but rather part of the same movement that Aish is a part of (as the outreach wing to non-religious Jews) - the non-Hasidic Haredim. Jews that are Haredi (i.e., wear black hats and identify with that community) but do not follow Hasidic Rebbes. Some call this community “Litvaks”, “Litvishe” or “Yeshivish”. With Young Israel, some will be affiliated with Modern Orthodoxy, others with Religious Zionism and others with more Yeshivish. Best way to figure out a particular Young Israel is google what the Rabbi looks like. – Akiva___ Oct 1 at 20:49
  • And to follow up further, if you are looking for a modern orthodox rabbi, when you start googling usually a smaller beard (where clear he shaves) or no beard with a knitted or suede kippa will be modern orthodox. Longer beard and black hat and/or large black kippa will be more haredi. – Akiva___ Oct 1 at 21:27
  • 1. Congratulations on your newfound desire to explore your roots! 2. Dr. Abramson’s material is wonderful! 3. I also began learning through Aish and Chabad - wishing you much success! 4. I have a friend in Pico if that is relevant. He may be able to put you in touch with someone. 5. Welcome to Mi Yodeya - stick around and ask/read questions till the cows come home! You won’t regret it! – Lee Oct 2 at 7:21

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