When I asked the question–What beliefs did you have about yourself that have now changed?–I got only two responses in the religious/spiritual arena. Both of interest, and in tandem, below:
Danny Sagan: I used to believe that I was not that Jewish. I don’t believe that anymore.
To respond more specifically. I used to think I had a cultural background and inherited Jewish values from my parents. However I have learned more ritual over the last 20 years. We make a Seder every year. I attend the humanist service at our shul. We said Kaddish for the parents. I would have never predicted these things.
I guess the pivot point was having kids and recognizing that they wanted the rite of passage. In order to diy the Bat Mitzvah we all needed to learn more about the holidays and rituals. Some of it stuck.
Alison Luterman: I didn’t think that as a Jew I was “allowed” to rest in faith, to believe in God, to have mental peace (just been looking at that one today.) It’s not true. I can. Jews can. Spiritual peace is not just reserved for Other religions.