As I said in my intro to the former-Christians community, my decision to convert to Judaism was based on my study of Hebrew and Greek, study of Jewish tradition itself, with spirituality thrown in there as well. As far as my family’s response, I think they’re just convinced it’s some sort of phase. They’re Catholics, but not particularly observant. I think one of the things I like about Judaism the most is the fact that I’m encouraged to ask questions, and I’m not expected to follow someone else’s idea of G-d just because it’s the sanctioned idea, or anything like that. In short, I’m not required to have faith without a healthy dose of reason thrown in there. BTW, what part of the south are you from? I’m not originally from the south, (I grew up in Columbus, OH), but I know live in Greenville, NC.