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Since my grown daughter…we are not Jewish, has lived with her Jewish boyfriend for over a year, and since in that time there have been weddings in our family and in his, it does beg the question…what happens if they want to get married. It seems that for our family welcoming a Jewish son in law into our ranks would be much easier for us, then it would be for our daughter’s boyfriend’s parents to welcome our gentile daughter into their family. In the few interactions they have had to date, especially but not limited to those when they attended a Jewish family member’s wedding, it has been made, quite cruelly clear to our daughter that she would never be respected, let alone valued as part of the family. She does not care for herself but is apprehensive about what this might mean for her children…discounted by paternal grandparents? We encourage our daughter to learn about not only her boyfriend’s religion but his family traditions that extend beyond those defined by religion, which seems more like common courtesy than profound wisdom. This article has shown me that ‘his’ family is not unique, but that it seems many adult children 50% must be disappointing their parents and thus being forced between their heart, their church and quite often I suspect even their family.
How sad, is not love worthy of being celebrated regardless of religion…is it not universal…??? Children in this day and age can educate themselves on any multitude of subjects so to raise an interracial/ or bi-religious child knowing about the two cultures of their heritage is not a daunting task…and allowing them to take the best of both…should be a personal choice if one or the other does not exclusively appeal to them…are we not supposed to evolve with improvement from generation to generation? loving those our family members love, seems like a gift of respect to all, including ourselves….or am I just an idealist??? I hope not!!!!!!!!
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