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April 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm #2163

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July 6, 2011 at 1:55 am #5932

Elizabeth

I have to disagree that Catholics and Jews workship different Gods! It is the same God. Judaism is the father of Christianity; the first Christians were Jews. It is definitely the same God we worship!

July 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm #5935

Benjamin Maron

Elizabeth,

I suspect the author was referring to Judaism’s monotheistic view of God, versus the Catholic belief in the trinity which defines God as three divine persons (father, son, and holy spirit).

July 7, 2011 at 1:21 am #5940

Cynthia C.M.

I was going to say immigration patterns as well.  Also, there are plenty of Americans of Polish descent and are for the most part, either Catholic or Jewish.  And don’t forget the guilt thing (ok, this one is more of a joke)

Another interesting note here is that a lot of Jews (particularly men) marry Asians (usually of Chinese descent, in my experience).  Now I don’t know about the US, but in Canada, a lot of Chinese people, especially those from Hong Kong are either Catholic or were educated in Catholic institutions (until recently, the best schools in Hong Kong were run by the Church).  Many, like my parents, continued the tradition when they got to Canada.  I spent five years at a Catholic elementary school before going to an Anglican one until I finished high school (the Anglican schools were, traditionally speaking, more in line with the kind of education they had growing up, one that has more British roots/tradition).

July 22, 2011 at 10:35 am #5981

Velma

My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. He is Jewish, I’m Catholic. When we met, he wasn’t practicing and came from a very secular Jewish family. When our son was born, he told me it was important for him to have his son learn about Judiasm. I told him he had better learn it for himself as well. Now we are members of an Orthodox Kollel. My son, even though he goes to Catholic school,attends shul every Saturday. He wants to convert to Judiasm and he will as soon as he is 18. He will be attending an all boy Catholic school in the fall. He asked me to knit him some kippahs in his school colors. We are so proud of him. His letters of recomendation for entry into this high school were written by his rabbis!

December 25, 2012 at 9:38 am #8938

Unregistered

I am jewish and married a polish catholic girl. i disagree with the whole stress on religion.I was not religious but very into Israel and the Jewish people. Allthough my wife does not attend church (except on holidays) her feet are firmly based in the traditions of the catholic chruch. the key was tolerance and understanding that what we have between us is more imortant then what religion we are. Im whats called a “zionist” and she has a pretty good undertanding of this. she is catholic and i understand this. and thats it!!

December 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #8944

wendy

I remember discussing the Catholic Jewish connection with friends and the hypothesis was that many Jews converted to Catholicism during the Spanish inquisition. I have two Catholic friends (married to Jews) who took a DNA test and the result said that they descended from the Jews of Spain. One friend said that the Jewish/Catholic connection is people finding their way back to each other. There seems to be a connection either through Europe, the Inquisition or just similar value systems.

February 5, 2013 at 11:35 am #9718

Delia

My husband is Jewish and I am Catholic. I think it’s something quite different. Both Catholics and Jews hold sacred experiences that even those not practicing the religion still enjoy culturally in the home- lighting advent/ hannakuh candles, important tradional meals on holy days, etc. The religions may be different but the familial experiences look similar and feel comfortable. We both love our doting, food pushing mothers and succumb to guilt if we don’t attend the traditional holiday dinner We both value family traditions, honor our cultural heritage, and reverence for long honored rituals. We practice our religions differently but we understand each others commitment to the cultural identity of that faith.

April 7, 2013 at 1:14 am #11534

Unregistered

I’m Irish Catholic born and raised in Canada. My great grandparents immigrated to NFLD. I can identify with Jewish nationalism and I believe in the Jewish right to a homeland. To me it mirrors the struggles the Irish faced at the hands of the British, and it’s not a view unique to me. While I’m secular, many Catholics also enjoy rituals and this sense of family and tradition. I find that is something even the secular Jew can identify with. Also, Jews are sexy!

Benjamin Maron, we do not see God as three divine people, rather, we see one God working in the form of three vessels. Many Christians see the religion as a completion of Judaism.

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