Rabbi Marc Rubenstein officiates a wedding

Rabbi Marc’s Top 5 Tips for Engaged Interfaith Couples

Top 5 tips for engaged couples. This rabbi’s seen it all

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A Newlywed Hanukkah & Christmas

Sarah and her husband navigate the December holidays as newlyweds

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Marrying Off a Daughter as a Values Clarification Exercise

Personal Narrative about a mother’s efforts to connect with her daughter’s Iranian in-laws before the wedding to prevent an awkward ceremony, and to establish an ongoing relationship.

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My Son’s Interfaith Engagement

Personal Narrataive about how shocked and disappointed a woman is when her son tells her he is engaged to a non-Jewish woman. Gradually, though, she becomes more accepting.

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The Shrinking Crucifix

Personal Narrative in which a Jewish mother whose son is being married to a Catholic woman in a church by a cantor and priest is first horrified by the huge cross in the church, yet when she returns on the wedding day, the cros

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A New Book to Help Your Interfaith Relationship

Review of A Nonjudgmental Guide to Interfaith Marriage: Making Interfaith Marriage Work, by Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., a practical resource for intermarried or interdating couples.

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Meeting the Parents of Your Jewish Daughter’s Catholic Fiance

Personal Narrative?about all the tensions and negotiations that went on within and between the families when a Jewish woman married a Catholic man, both from observant backgrounds.

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A Thank-You Note to My Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law’s email about Christmas gifts for her was simple: “Have composed an extensive ‘Wish List’ on Amazon for those who might be looking for ideas!” When I logged onto her list, I found her typical requests for puzzles and small housewares mixed in with requests for items such as “a picture of the three […]

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Hanukkah and Christmas: Getting It “Right”

By Elizabeth Vocke My husband jokes that I only married him so I could finally celebrate Christmas. And I admit that I do love Christmas. I love the anticipation and excitement, the coziness of the season, the decorations. I also love Hanukkah, but I think it’s more difficult to create that same sense of excitement, though […]

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Take the Fifth: How an Intermarried Woman Honors Parents

By Joy Fields We are commanded to honor our parents. The fifth commandment can present a few challenges, however, like when my Jewish mother is sitting next to my Presbyterian father-in-law in his favorite Chinese restaurant, waving a pink morsel around on her fork and loudly asking, “What is this?” “It may be pork, Mom, […]

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