Kudos to Paul Golin, associate executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, for a powerful contribution to the debate over ordaining intermarried rabbis: What Intermarried Rabbis Can Teach Us. Building on Rabbi Ellen Lippmanâ€™s inter-partnered rabbiâ€™s perspective, that weâ€™ve blogged about before, Paul adds his own very important perspective:
Rabbis with nontraditional families like my own make me feel more included. Conveying why Judaism is still relevant to them provides me with access I wouldnâ€™t feel elsewhere. The focus is not on how you come in, but what you get out of doing Jewish â€” in other words, why itâ€™s so amazing.
Definitely worth reading — and considering by those deciding the issue.