You Got That from Me—and My Mother

After belting out an energetic rendition of “The Bare Necessities” recently, my 8-year-old daughter Molly asked me, “Where do I get my love of music from?” I’ll admit, I greedily credited my side of our family. After all, my Jewish grandmother was a piano teacher who played beautifully. I have lovely memories of being about […]

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English Cottage Pie with Flanken Short Ribs

Shepherd’s pie is an old English, Irish and Scottish peasant food. It’s traditionally made with minced lamb and is topped with mashed potatoes. An earlier version of this dish is known as cottage pie. Cottage pie was typically made with ground beef. Whether it’s cottage pie or shepherd’s pie the essentials are potatoes and an […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Meets Purim

This year is particularly exciting on the interfaith front regarding Purim and St. Patrick’s Day, as they coincide within one day. St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, March 17, as always and Purim starts the evening of Saturday, March 15. I see some green bagels in town, which is not quite the same as a fine […]

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Our Interfaith Dialogue Evolves, But Never Ends

The personal narrative of an Irish Catholic woman who raised her children Jewish with her Jewish husband, but struggled to feel comfortable with the decision until her young daughter began to confidently display her Jewish identity.

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Growing Up Jewish with an Irish-Catholic Father

The personal narrative of a woman who was raised with a strong sense of her Jewish identity by her Jewish mother and practicing Catholic father.

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Culturally Catholic

The personal narrative of a woman who chose not to convert to Judaism because she feels as though she culturally relates to her Catholic upbringing.

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Irish Literary Figures Talk About Religion, Writing and Intermarriage

Interview with David Marcus and Ita Daly, an intermarried Irish couple, both of whom are accomplished writers.

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Intermarriage Spurs Renewal of Faith

The personal narrative of a woman who married an Irish Catholic man but found a reform synagogue that welcomed them and allowed her to raise her daughter as Jewish.

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