Confused and shocked he went home and googled Judaism and the law of matrilineal descent. He later called his mother and grandmother. His mom told him not to listen to the “missionary.” His grandmother simply refused to talk about it. Mark slowly learned more about Judaism. He quickly discovered many things he was taught as a child about Jews were simply not true. “Everything I learned about Jews and the western world was wrong,” he wrote on Chabad.org.
Today, Mark goes by the name Mordechai, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughter, embracing a life of Yiddishkeit. Mark also stays connected to his Arabs roots, working through social media toward educating and connecting with young Muslims, trying to undo the hate-filled propaganda they have been bombarded with all their lives.
“Professor Block simply told me that every Jew is born with a little Torah and a little Menorah in their heart,” Mark shared last week. “All it takes is for another Jew to bump into him and light it up.”