I know that in some parts of the Jewish community, participating in Valentineâ€™s Day is frowned upon, because the Valentine involved was a Christian saint. That made a recent article by Rabbi Everett Gendler Donâ€™t Dismiss the Jewish Origins of Cupid, all the more interesting. For one thing, the Catholic Church declared in 1969 that Valentineâ€™s Day is not a saintâ€™s day. For another, there is a lot of archeological evidence of Cupidâ€™s Jewish character, including appearing above the door of a synagogue. And for another, there is a lot about love in the Hebrew Bible — check out the article to learn more.
Match.com recently released a survey about, well, love. The take-away lesson, according to Time Magazine, is that men are just as interested in commitment as women. Buried in the Time article was a factoid of more interest to IFF: 83% of men and 62% of women are flexible on their date’s religious beliefs. If you go over to the Match.com site itself, you find that only 17% of men and 28% of women must have, or say it is very important to find someone, of the same religion. Of course these are aggregate figures and donâ€™t tell you about particular groups â€“ but it looks like a safe bet this Valentineâ€™s Day that interfaith couples are likely to keep on falling in love.
I hope yours is or was a happy one!
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