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New Voices, the National Jewish Student Magazine published a well-reported story on The Coming of the Intermarried Rabbi, mainly about David Curiel, a friend of ours. Curiel forwarded us the URL to the article. Here’s an excerpt:
As you might imagine, the issue of rabbinical schools admitting students who are in interfaith marriages is very interesting for us at IFF. You probably realized that when we published Edie Mueller’s personal story, Why I’m Not A Rabbi, about her experience applying for rabbinical school. Like Curiel, Mueller also discovered a connection to Jewish spirituality and religion after she married someone who wasn’t Jewish and was prompted to examine her attachment to Judaism.
Both the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Moment linked to this on their blogs, without comment. Andrew Silow-Carroll quoted the article at length in a post cleverly named after the Chaim Grade novel Rabbis and Wives. It’s kind of ironic, to me, that the issues of what the role of a rabbi is and should be continue to be just as fraught and difficult as they were in the turn of the century setting of Grade’s books.
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