Article Discussion: Becoming a Jewish Man

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August 21, 2009 at 4:00 am #3622

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September 2, 2009 at 10:57 am #3687

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Dear Chaim: That is an interesting take on the issues raised when our interfaith parents divorce, as some of them do return to their birth religions/cultures.

Glad your dad stayed in your life and remained supportive.

Divorce and interfaith families is an issue that comes up a lot on the message board of the Half-Jewish Network, a group I run for adult children and grandchildren of intermarrriage.

A number of them “lost” their Jewish or Christian dads after the divorce.

Best of luck with your teaching!

Cordially,
Robin Margolis
http://www.half-jewish.net

September 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm #3691

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I know it is painful to see a loved one leave a faith that has been part of the common foundation of the relationship, whatever that faith may be.  However, I believe that the writer’s father probably did not simply “go back” to be exactly the same Christian he once was.  He carried his experiences as a convert to Judaism and as a member of a Jewish family forward into the next stage of his spiritual journey.  Though I am sure his son would rather have seen him remain a Jew (that’s only natural, after all), perhaps there can be some comfort in knowing that those “Jewish years” will always be part of his father’s being.

In a real sense, he is as much (and perhaps even more) a “Hebrew Christian” as those of us with Jewish ancestors by blood.  Not both a Christian and a Jew, but still, a Christian very aware of how a Jewish personal history has influenced his way of being a Christian, and his way of being a person.

September 4, 2009 at 2:30 am #3708

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Great CT references from one former resident who officially hasn’t lived “back East” in 20+ years.

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