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A Taste of Yiddish

The Folksbiene National Yiddsh Theatre will perform a musical review in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 24, sponsored by Center City Kehillah.



Feb. 5, 2008

Dear Friend,

All this week we're partnering with JBooks to bring you essays and reviews of books relating to interfaith relationships. And not just romantic relationships: relationships between friends, between religions, between civilizations.

We also have published a full complement of articles on weddings, parenting, growing up in an interfaith family and other topics. You can reach them through this e-newsletter or visit our index of new articles...



While planning their nuptials, Amy Elkes and her fiancé quickly realized the golden rule of planning an interfaith wedding: try not to offend. Read more.



If you're intermarried, is it hypocritical to expect your children won't do the same? Read more in Jim Keen's What Goes Around Will Probably Come Around.


Growing Up in an Interfaith Family

In My Wife's a Rabbi, My Mom's a Minister and I'm OK, Isaac Luria explains his religiously complicated upbringing.    



Death and Mourning

In A Young Christian Widow Mourns for Her Jewish Husband, Ellen Rambo is suprised to find comfort in Judaic traditions.



Has saying you won't interdate become taboo among enlightened young Jews? Perhaps, says Esther D. Kustanowitz, in The Intermarriage Artist.


Arts and Entertainment

Now that Amy Winehouse is finally in rehab, will the talented Jewish troublemaker make it to the Grammys? Plus, the rise of Paul Rudd. Read more in the latest installment of Interfaith Celebrities.

There's a common theme in children's movies centering on intercultural romances: stay with your own kind. Read more in The Wrong Lessons, by Alina Adams.

Heard of Gulu Ezekiel? Neither have we. But India's premier cricket commentator has a fascinating story: he's the proud Jewish son of a Zoroastrian mother. Read more in Perfect Pitch, by Aimee Ginsburg.

Interfaith Literature

In From Taboo to Afterthought: A Literary History of Intermarriage, Rabbi Philip Graubart chronicles how great Jewish writers of the 20th century have treated interfaith relationships.

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben's new book is a how-to guide for parents trying to figure out how to respond to their child's intermarriage. Read more in Which Comes First: The Parent or the Egg? by Tracy Hahn-Burkett.

Arthur Blecher's book The New American Judaism explodes long-cherished myths of American Jewry. Read my review.

The idea for the National Jewish Book Award-winning The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt came to Ruth Ellenson while sitting in her grandmother's Methodist church.

Joshua Henkin's Matrimony lovingly dissects all aspects of an interfaith marriage--save the faith part. Read Helene Dunbar's review.

Scott Korb is a self-described "Catholic atheist." Peter Bebergal is a Jewish hipster with a spiritual streak. They catalogue their friendship in The Faith Between Us. Read Scott's essay on his spiritual journey and Peter's essay on the connection between writing and faith.



What's New on the Blogs

We've blogged about Facebookchicken soup and the real reason to send your kids to Jewish summer camp.


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

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The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." A language, literally meaning "Jewish," once widely used by Ashkenazi communities. It is influenced by German, Hebrew and Slavic languages, and is written with the Hebrew alphabet. It is comparable to the language of many Sephardi communities, Ladino. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
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