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Here at InterfaithFamily HQ, we have heard some fascinating personal stories about balancing interfaith lives, many of which are hilarious. Clearly, Lifetime Television agrees that interfaith lives have great stories to tell as they prepare to launch their all-new docu-sitcom Kosher Soul (#KosherSoul).
Premiering Wednesday, February 25, at 10p ET/PT, we hope you will join us in tuning in to the story of outrageous and sure-to-be entertaining Miriam and Oâ€™Neal as they bring their own interfaith story to life. I will live tweet the event over on our @interfaithfam twitter account (using the #KosherSoul hashtag) and hope you will join us in some lively conversation about this premier!
Despite doubts and concerns from their loved ones, recently engaged Miriam and Oâ€™Neal are preparing to marry and begin their lives in a Jewish home. Madly in love, Oâ€™Neal is ready to prove his dedication to Miriam by converting to Judaism in order to be accepted by her mother, Nancy, who wants her future grandchildren to be raised Jewish. At the same time, Miriam is trying to blend Oâ€™Nealâ€™s southern upbringing and traditions into her life. What results is a hilarious and touching peek into the love and affection between two soul mates whose deep and emotional connection overcomes cultural barriers.
Donâ€™t worry guys! We have plenty of resources to help you through your journey. According to the trailerâ€¦ you might need this!
Don’t forget to check out my live tweets during the first episode. See you there!
Today Jewcy thoughtfully reported on the recent break-up of Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and her chosen suitor Josh Murray. While this is not a surprise (few Bachelor/Bachelorette engagements lead to successful marriages), we were wondering how this interfaith couple would go about planning their wedding ceremony and how religion would play into their lives together. Though this doesnâ€™t tell us anything definitive about their own plans for religion (if they had any), from the look of Andiâ€™s Instagram profile, there was lots of Christmas holiday celebrating with Joshâ€™s family and no mention of Hanukkah.
The couple put out the following statement: â€śAfter several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that itâ€™s best for both of us to go our separate ways,â€ť reads the statement.Â â€śWe are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is whatâ€™s best for both of us individually.â€ť
Elissa Goldstein pretty much sums it up below, wondering what role religion played in their pre-engagement conversations and why religion is so under wraps on the show. In any case, we say talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more before getting engaged!
â€śHere atÂ Jewcy HQ, we canâ€™t help but wonder how much the coupleâ€™s religious differences might have contributed toÂ the splitâ€”sheâ€™s Jewish (and seeminglyÂ pretty secular),Â heâ€™s a devout Christian (with Jewish heritage). Close readers ofÂ Tova Rossâ€™ season 10 recaps will recall thatÂ theÂ showâ€™s producers conveniently elided these facts in their race to the ratings altar. We never saw Andi orÂ Josh (or anyÂ of theÂ suitors) discuss hot-button topics like politics or religionâ€”you know, the sort of stuff couples should talk about before getting engaged. Did these conversations take place? Perhaps, but weâ€™ll probably neverÂ find out, which isÂ kind of a shame. Regardless of the reason for the split (hey, maybe Andi just didnâ€™t want to marry into a family of Chiefs fans),Â itâ€™s weirdâ€”even remissâ€”thatÂ The Bachelor franchise has an embargo onÂ conversations aboutÂ interfaith dating.â€ť
Itâ€™s official: The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, is in an interfaith relationship. But we already knew thatâ€”the frontrunners in her quest for love were not Jewish, and Andi is (she famously acknowledged her religion when she was a contestant on The Bachelor). Interestingly, the man she chose and whose proposal she accepted, Josh Murray, was raised Christian but comes from an interfaith family. While the Jewish Week was quick to call this a Jewish match, the fact is, itâ€™s a combining of faiths, as so many relationships are. Joshâ€™s mother is Jewish and his father is not, but the family practices Christianity.
It seems faith is important in both Andi and Joshâ€™s families. Joshâ€™s younger brother, apparently, has a tattoo of a cross and a tattoo of the Star of David. Josh, 29, is from Tampa, FL, and now lives in Atlantaâ€”conveniently where Andi herself, a 27-year-old district attorney is based. From the interviews theyâ€™ve already done since last nightâ€™s season finale, we get the gist that theyâ€™re planning to wed next year, and that they plan to have a few kids. What will their wedding look like? Christian? Jewish? Neither? Because religion is important to both families, weâ€™re putting our money on an interfaith ceremony.