Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
If a Jewish woman marries a Christian man, and later becomes baptized in the Christian faith, does that mean she is no longer considered by Jewish Law to be Jewish? What if the woman regrets having done this and loves her Jewish faith. Does G-d and Jewish Law still regard her to be Jewish?
This has been bothering me for many years. I would love to have someone answer this question.
The traditional view is that from the perspective of Jewish law, a Jew remains a Jew regardless of what they do (i.e. violate Jeiwsh law), although they are “apostates” if they convert to another religion. If they change their minds and wish to return to Judaism, they may be asked to come before a Beit Din (Rabbinicall court) to state their desire for readmission into Judaism and to immerse in a mikveh. These actions are similar to those performed by non-Jews converting to Judaism, but in the case of the apostate Jew, the actions are not conversion, but rather a concrete way to re-affirm re-joining the Jewish people. See for example the first sentence of the Conservative Responsum “The Return of Second Generation Apostates”: http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/sites/default/files/public/halakhah/teshuvot/19912000/zelizer_apostates.pdf
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