Parents, Children and Interfaith Relationships: Listening so they will talk. Talking so they will listen. 4 week class being taught at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA by IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch. The class begins Oct. 28 & is being offered both Tuesday afternoons & Tuesday evenings.
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.
We’re Jewish, and my new daughter-and-law and her family (including her two young children not by my son) are Catholic. They eloped and later will have a ceremony, so neither my hubby nor I had meet the in-laws before tonight.
My husband went out-of-state and had dinner with them. They said a Catholic prayer over the food, and our son said Motzi. I’ve had my son’s bride and her children stay with us a couple of times, but they didn’t say a blessing over the food. It would be OK if she wanted to, but at least at this point, I would feel very uncomfortable with a blessing in my home that contained the name of Jesus. As it was I nearly fell off my seat the day after their first Chanukah celebration when my little 4-year-old step-granddaughter said, “Jesus loves me.” All I could say was, “Yes, God loves you.”
I think you need to talk to your son and see what he thinks would be best in this situation. Hopefully they will want to be sensitive to you when they’re in your home regarding prayers, etc., but what they do in their own home and how they raise the kids will probably affect what they do in their home. I think your answer to your little stepgranddaughter was exactly right and she probably won’t think anything of it. When she’s a little older you or her parents can explain that there are some differences in the way you think of God and the way Catholics think of God. Right now all she needs to know is that God and her family all love her.
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