How Interfaith Families Can Heal After Pittsburgh


By Robyn B. Martin

Hands in

Around the time my relationship with my now-wife Rachael took a turn for the serious, we went for a hike in the desert and talked about religion. Rachael is Jewish. I am Catholic. Rachael’s Jewishness was mostly cultural. (Holiday recipes, yes! Holiday services or prayers, absolutely no!)

By contrast, religion in all forms has always played a central role in my life. I hit all my Catholic milestones growing up. I led a rosary group in law school. My mother attended daily mass and knew the parish priests by name, but she also studied at a local Buddhist temple and went to Baptist services with my grandfather. I never expected or wanted Rachael to convert to anything, but I had always assumed that our home would be a Catholic home and our kids, if we ever had any, would inherit my religion.

Rachael had other ideas, and ultimately, she won the day with an argument that was both simple and irrefutable: There are a lot of Catholics, but the world always needs more Jews.

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