Consider this a belated cleaning of online hametz:
- Julie Wiener recently wrote about the growth of local Mothers’ Circle chapters for the Wall Street Journal. The Mothers Circle, a program for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children, now has chapters in 26 communities.
- Wiener also wrote a great pre-Passover piece for AP on Passover food and how strange it is to non-Jewish guests. Among other highlights, Wiener quotes me. It makes a nice companion piece to today’s featured articles, Strangers at a Strange Meal.
- A few weeks ago, Rabbi Lev Baesh, the director of our Resource Center for Jewish Clergy, spoke with Rabbi Jim Egolf, rabbi of Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, Penn. In Rabbi Egolf’s podcast, Rabbi Baesh introduces InterfaithFamily.com and talks about how his approach to Jewish engagement differs a little from the organization.
- In The Jerusalem Post, David Forman argues a sensible point in an insensible way: create a birthright israel trip for interfaith couples. But like almost all Israeli writers about intermarriage (with the notable exception of Shmuel Rosner), Forman paints intermarriage as a “disaster.”
- In the Texas Jewish Post feature Ask the Rabbi, a reader asks Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried, the founder and dean of the Dallas Kollel:
I noticed that you were a signatory on a letter from a number of rabbis, in today’s (4/10/08) TJP, proclaiming their objection to any legitimization of intermarriage. The letter ends with blessings of continuing the unbroken chain which began with the first Passover, leaving Egypt until today. But surely, as slaves to the Egyptians, there must have been much intermarriage and relations with their Egyptian taskmasters, leading to much Judeo-Egyptian blood mingled in those leaving Egypt. This doesn’t seem to be an appropriate blessing to delegitimize intermarriage, or to usher in the Passover holiday.
You have to read Rabbi Fried’s response to believe it.
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