Couple walking in the woods

How Do We Bring Two Faiths into Our Everyday?

How do we practice separate faiths–together?

READ MORE
young woman leans against wall in bedroom, with family photos, ketubah and crucifix hanging on the wall

Should Our New Home Have a Cross or a Mezuzah (or Both)?

Should we hang a mezuzah, a cross or both in our new home?

READ MORE
puppy eyes from a lab mix

How’s Married Life?

People ask “How’s married life?” It’s complicated

READ MORE

My First Yom Kippur

Zach and I were married on September 16! We were away having a blast on our honeymoon in Portugal, but before we had time to post our honeymoon pics to Facebook or look through our wedding photos, Yom Kippur was upon us. I had decided a few days before we got back that I would […]

READ MORE

Crafting the Moment

“So, how’s the wedding planning?” These days, this question excites and exasperates me at the same time. I have a lot of energy and excitement about the wedding, but it varies day by day whether that excitement is greater or less than my stress about “getting it all done.” To explain that, I need to […]

READ MORE

Why I Waited for Interfaith Love

By Brianne Nadeau It took me 20 years to find the love of my life. If you told me 10 years ago, or even 15 years ago that I’d end up with a man raised Presbyterian, on a farm, who is also a war veteran, I would have laughed at you. But if you asked me […]

READ MORE

Cooking From Memory

My grandma Zelda taught me many things about Judaism and preparing for the Jewish holidays. However, what she did not teach me was her recipes. In fact, in all the years I watched and helped her cook, I don’t ever remember seeing her follow a recipe or consult a cookbook. Whenever she cooked, she did […]

READ MORE

Why I Go to Church

You might find it hard to believe but I love going to church. I don’t go very often, but the times that I have been, I have found it very moving and spiritual. I have prayed and spoken with God in a variety of settings: in the desert, in the forest, in the ocean, in […]

READ MORE
Lighting Hanukkah Candles

The Real Story of Hanukkah

In rabbinical school, I learned what you might call the “real” story of Hanukkah. I also learned about the “real” story of Purim – there is more beyond the Disney version which includes a violent ending to the Book of Esther, which I never knew about as a child. I also learned about other gruesome stories in […]

READ MORE

My Mission to Welcome

This blog post originally appeared at Rituallwell.org One of my favorite parts of being a rabbi and the director of InterfaithFamily/DC is working with couples to prepare for their wedding. I meet with a lot of couples that come from diverse backgrounds and no two couples are the same. Each is a unique set of individuals bringing […]

READ MORE