Yonatan Langer is the new Jewish name of Luts Lang, a 33 year-old from Berlin, Germany. Until recently, Lang identified with Neo-Nazi clubs in his hometown, cited “Mein Kampf” and celebrated Hitler’s birthday, while admiring the SS and the Third Reich’s leaders. Mental distress led him to meet with a therapist, who suggested that he meet up with “Exit” – an organization that helps alt-right activist to find their way out of ‘hate life’. Now Lang understands his former lifestyle was destructive for himself as well as the environment.
Aside from the meetings with “Exit” leaders, what shook his point of view was a personal experience. Yonatan experienced a dream, in which he was standing on a warm cave, and suddenly the word “Kabbalah” appeared on the wall. Immediately upon awakening, he searched the word online and started to learn more about Judaism, what he used to preach against. Kabbalah is known as the highest section in Jewish resources, which embodies the deepest secrets of Jewish heritage.
After completing the process of conversion in New York, he now works at the Kabbalah studies center in Berlin and learns Hebrew. Lang holds that taking people off the hate track can be achieved by letting them be part of ordinary life again. “Now, for the first time in my life, I live conscious.”
Source: Ynet, Suddeutsche Zeitung
Image: Lene Muench/Agentur Focus
By: Roni Zedek