When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?
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Great article. However from a respecting and knowing the traditions of the other, a unity candle is not a “Christian” tradition. It is a Hollywood tradition that started with some American soap opera in the 70s or 80s. A unity candle is not a Christian tradition, it is a secular tradition.
But when the author wrote that unity candles are “taken from the Christian tradition,” I don’t think a religious tradition was meant. Rather, that some Christian couples include the use of a unity candle in their ceremony, while it is largely unknown (and unseen) at Jewish weddings.
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