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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.