A Tale of Two Kitchens

“We’re not doing this!” Andy was visibly upset. “I won’t do it!” It was a year into our relationship and we were in his car heading to his dad’s house in the middle of nowhere. The topic that inspired this reaction was none other than kashrut, a set of Jewish dietary laws that I happen […]

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Will My Husband Understand The Annex?

By Madeleine Deliee Shortly after the election last November, a friend sent me a real estate listing. It was for a private island in Scotland, including several buildings, its own postage stamp and infrastructure. I started breaking down costs, much to my husband’s bewilderment. He didn’t understand. But when I talked to my mother about it, […]

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Issues Interfaith Families Confront, Plus Six Tips for Couples Considering Interfaith Marriage

Professional view describing some of the major issues interfaith couples face, from the religion of future kids to loyalty toward their family of origin.

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Courage and Innovation: And at 80, Rabbi Harold Schulweis Plans to Keep Going

Reprinted profile of Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a religious innovator in “ethical behavior in modern Jewish life” who was the pulpit rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom for 35 years, including Q & A and quotations about him.

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Ay Vey! A Kosher-for-Passover Easter . . . with Recipes

Personal narrative and recipes by a Puerto Rican Jew-by-choice who developed a Kosher-for-Passover Easter dinner that would fit her traditions into a kosher home

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Welcoming the Sabbath

The personal narrative of a woman who worked at the Muesam of Jewish Heratige and felt out of place before adopting a Jewish lifestyle.

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The Conversations We Should be Having

…with Grandparents with Grandchildren of Interfaith Marriages   By Rabbi Richard Address, D. Min.  In my travels to congregations and Jewish organizations for Jewish Sacred Aging, many issues seem to emerge organically in discussions of family dynamics. More often than not, concerns about caregiving and end-of-life issues are quickly raised. Not unusually, as situations get unpacked, […]

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Four Questions for Your Interfaith Family Vision

Four Questions for Your Interfaith Family Vision

The extreme weather conditions and the long dark nights of the winter months can be harsh for many of us. But from Thanksgiving until around Valentine’s Day, it’s also a popular time when couples get engaged. It can also be a time when couples who are getting married in the spring and summertime are knee-deep […]

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Shabbat Unbound

By Jared David Berezin Many years ago I was in a book club and read a collection of essays called Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call For Justice. The book explored how Jewish thought intersects with issues of social justice, and each chapter focused on a different subject: poverty, the environment, health care, human rights, reproductive […]

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Growing Our Interfaith Marriage “Garden”

Before Jose and I got married, I wondered how marriage would influence our personal growth. I frequently heard the term “growing apart” to describe divorce. I worried whether that happens to some extent in all marriages, that all couples drift apart in their natural self-evolution and whether some couples are just stronger at making the […]

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