communication

Language Shapes Reality

Ed Case curates recent news around interfaith marriage and the language we use

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More Shifting Ground

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. It’s been busy the past two weeks. As Shmuel Rosner just pointed out, since his original article a month ago, “The volume of writing on Jewish interfaith marriage in America is high.” Rosner had said that in the absence of definitive studies or any consensus, the debate […]

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Couples are marrying with or without us. Let’s help.

The debate in Jewish communities about interfaith marriage is heating up. Rabbis and Jewish professionals are arguing both sides and predicting the future of Judaism based on whether or not they will officiate at interfaith marriages. I’ve seen articles that talk about “caving on intermarriage” and “coming to terms with it” and “addressing the problem.” […]

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Three Voices from the Conservative Movement

In March Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, a Conservative rabbi at Ansche Chesed in Manhattan, explaining “Why I Will Not Simply Accept Intermarriage,” wrote for the Forward that “Celebrating interfaith weddings… [would] diminish a sacred covenantal tradition, and risk making liberal Judaism into a jumble of traditional gestures that might please individuals but demand nothing from them.” […]

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You’re One of Us

Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Joy Levitt have written an extremely important op-ed for JTA: “If You Marry a Jew, You’re One of Us.” For the past 14 years, we at InterfaithFamily have been advocating for Jews to welcome, embrace and fully include interfaith couples and families into Jewish life and community. We have always […]

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‘Til Faith Do Us Part

Right around Passover, there was some prominent coverage in the secular press about intermarriage due to the publication of Naomi Schaefer Riley’s book, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part and reviews in the Wall Street Journal (where she has been a religion writer) and the New York Times. I’ve ordered the book but haven’t had a […]

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Intermarried Rabbis and Intermarriage Attitudes

We’re back from Passover and there was a flurry of commentary about intermarriage in the Jewish media. Last week Benjamin Maron blogged about Rabbinical Students and Intermarriage, picking up on Rebecca Goodman’s February post on Rabbis and Intermarriage. This is all started when Daniel Kirzane, a rabbinic student at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College […]

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Circumcision Alone a Jew Does Not Make

Professional view from a rabbi who believes most Jews still circumcize their sons, though they do not follow other “commandments”, because circumcision is a symbol of Jewish identity, not an assertion of Jewish faith or

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Circumcision: A Jewish Inquiry

Opinion piece explaining the risk, pain, and changing significance of circumcision, and arguing that opposition to the practice?is founded in Jewish principles such as

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A Look Inside the Communication Gap

Tips on how to communicate in interfaith or intercultural relationships from Joel Crohn, author of Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships, and other experts.

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