Should Chelsea Clinton have a Jewish wedding? What kind? Who should officiate?

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July 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm #4844

Chuck

Chelsea Clinton is a Christian. It is ridiculous and is false when these Christian women and men convert to Judaism at the drop of a hat when they get married.One can’t go from believing that Jesus Christ was the true son of God to believing that he was not, they are too fundamentally contradictory and hypocritical views.This mass conversion of Christians to Judaism creates a large group of next generations who the believe that Christianity is a joke and then they are eligible to move to Israel and live there at the exclusion of the native Palestinians, many of who are original Christians from the first church that evolved from Christ.On the other hand, her fiance also should not be expected to convert, that too would be wrong because he is of the Jewish faith. Thus, if they decide to get married then they can let each other practice their own religion but the kids should be Christian or nothing. The marriage won’t be real religiously if she converts anyway, so what’s the point!? Don’t fake it, just be yourself and don’t convert. If she converts, I’m sure that her grandparents are going to be rolling in their graves with disappointment. They should have a non-religious wedding!

July 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm #4845

Denise

People, people,people! The first thing I am going to say is stay out of their business. I speak from experience”.
I married my husband, who is of the “Jewish” faith and I a “Roman Catholic” we will be married 40 years this month, yes I said 40 years.
We had the talk from the Priest and the Rabbi that it would not last, but it has because we did not let the outside world in and WE raised our children as “Jews” my choice, but they knew every aspect of my religion. We celebrate ALL the Jewish and Catholic holidays. We had/have great times and the same goes for our grandchild.
What happen to all Men/Women are created equal? It is the clergy, Rabbis and Priest alike that pushes everyone away from their own religions, because they push away instead of accepting.
Chelsea, do what is in your heart and do not pay attention to the noise around you and your husband to be. Happy uncoming Wedding Day.

July 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm #4846

Denise

I meant to say, Happy upcoming wedding. By they way they can have a Priest and Rabbi officiate their wedding, we did.

July 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm #4847

Beatriz

These two people were raised in USA and can chose how they want to live as long as they are law abiding citizens and pay their taxes. They have a culturally rich background and they should benefit from it. The question is how to raise children with a religious preference. That is a problem. They could be raised as Judeo-Christians.

I would raise my children as Judeo-christians. Parents have a choice and responsibility to provide spiritual guidance to their progeny.

Best wishes to the couple. May G_d of their ancestors guide them throughout their marriage.

Mazel Tov
Best of luck

PS. Bill will love and spoil the grandchildren ….like a good grandpa should

July 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm #4848

Folkart

I have read all the responses to whether Chelsea Clinton should have a Jewish wedding.  I understand the concerns of the Jewish community .  I am a devout Christian and often wonder when this type of scenario presents itself ,very few, if any comments ask why doesn’t he convert to Christianity?  I, myself could never convert to Jewdisum, as this would require me to renounce my Lord as the Messiah.  If Chelsea is a true follower of Christ…she will NOT convert!!!  If she does, then her faith is weak.

July 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm #4849

folkart

Please excuse my spelling of Judaism

July 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm #4850

Enriched

My husband is Jewish and I am Christian.  I have attended beautiful weddings where a Rabbi and Christian minister each added joy to the wedding.  I made it a point to learn as much about Judaism as I could including classes in Basic Judaism and Hebrew.  My husband already knew lots about Christianity and even taught his High School seniors about both. I feel I have been greatly enriched by learning about another religion.  Until you have defended why you believe something, you can’t fully understand your beliefs.  The world is having to learn to live with beliefs other than their own and those wanting to draw a line in the sand are missing out on opportunities.

July 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm #4854

Cantor Paul Silbersher

There is a difference between Officiating or Co-Officiating with

a Minister, Priest, Imam or other Celebrant of another Faith and

Advocating Interfaith Marriage.  When an interfaith couple comes

to a Rabbi or a Cantor to ask him/her to celebrate their

Wedding, they have already decided to marry. If Clergy

will neither participate nor attend, the couple will go

elsewhere or conduct any number of optional ceremonies,

including, in some locaalities, their own.

A Wedding is the ony Rite of Passage in which Free Will

is exercised.  It is one of life’s most meaningful event, being

celebrated every year as a couple.  I decided to

acknowledge the new reality that Jews no longer live

in the Ghetto or the Shtetl and, as such, will tend to

have more access and to meet and to marry non-Jews.

I believe that Jews will not only survive, but flourish.

The only evidence that I have is 4,000 years of

seeing to it…even if small in numbers.  If Jewish Clergy

refuse to help a an interfaith couple create a Sacre

Memory…any possibility of even a spark of Jewishness

will be smothered by the couple’s recollection that:

The Rabbi or the Cantor thought that we were doing

which they thought was wrong.  Some Jewish Clergy

accept interfaith couples as Members even though

they wouldn’t conduct their Wedding, Final point…

Chelsea Clinton should have a Wedding whereby that which is Sacred

to both of them is reprented by Jewish and Christian Clergy who have

learned to respect that which is Sacred to others and celebrate

the best in both Traditions…

July 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm #4862

Gabrielle

I think it is sad to see Chelsea and Marks wedding become an issue of debate about religion. I have stood in her shoes (so to speak) in the past. I could never give up my Christian beliefs and I did not ask my fiance at the time to alter his faith.
I understand that unless the mother is Jewesh (by birth or conversion) the children are not considered Jewish. Families have merged successfully and given thier children both faiths and hoped they would make the decision right for them.
I believe that both faiths be represented at the wedding by having both a Minister and Rabbi. Both religions should rejoice at thier happiness rather than sparking debates. They have been a couple for a long time and are obviously in love. Wish them well and love, happiness, health and the blending of two lives as well as two faiths, If Chelsea later (or is currently in the process of converting) then let it be. If they decide to honor both faiths, let that also be a wonderful family experience for them and members of both families to participate in.

July 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm #4892

matty

why not ask her fiance if he should have a christian wedding!
why must it be chelesea have a jewish wedding?
MOST LIKELY IT WILLL BE BOTH FAITHS..afterall both faiths are just as good..and for thos who blog here who think otherwise..well then your just bigots on the left

now lets talk about the children!!…jewish faith practice clearly dictates the religion of the children here…if the mother is christian..then the children shall be raised christian…MAZELTOFF!

July 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm #4933

JCS

Love is a wonderful and mysterious thing.  No doubt – this couple has discussed these interfaith issues in detail and come up with an acceptable arrangement.  Since they are getting married on a Saturday I suspect the groom is not particularly observant.

Pray that God will bless their marriage and their chidren.  I know these two have great integrity and will do good things to make their country and thier parents proud.

How interesting if they announced they had both decided to become Hindu!  Oh this web site would get some traffic!!!!!!!!!!

July 30, 2010 at 1:53 am #4935

AndreaJ

I remember reading Marjorie Mezvinsky’s book about adopting two little girls in the early 1970s as a single mother. She wrote that she is an atheist but identifies with Judaism. Presumably her son was raised with the same attitude. Chelsea Clinton went to a Quaker school and was steeped in liberal society from a young age. They probably have a lot in common. I’d be incredibly surprised if she’s a strong Christian or if he’s a believer in God or an observant Jew.

August 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm #4941

sprocket

I really, really don’t understand an ‘interfaith’ marriage. Is Jesus divine or not? The only way a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ answer can ‘do what makes them happy’ is to participate in a religious life separately. Does this make each happy? I wonder …

August 3, 2010 at 8:14 am #4948

Z

So what turned out in the end?
What kind of ceremony was it n who presided(officiated) over it?

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