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Why Do I Worry My Daughter Won’t Fit In?

It’s ballet class, not religious school–so why am I worried what they’ll think of us?

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A Recipe for Conversation and Holiday Cookies

By Jordyn Rozensky For some of us in interfaith homes, December can highlight sticky situations. There are questions of how to balance traditions, how to keep in-laws happy and complicated questions about religion. But December also offers a unique opportunity to embrace new traditions. In my own interfaith home, for example, each year we trim […]

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Blending Holiday Decorations and a New Life Together

In a million years, I never would have imagined that I would someday marry the sweet, funny, curly-haired freshman I met at a house party at Penn State 10 years ago. Yet, here we are. Paul and I were friendly acquaintances at Penn State, but not much more. Despite our shared love of bad television and […]

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Boldly Share the Light of Hanukkah this Holiday Season

Over the years, Hanukkah, a minor celebration that isn’t even in the Torah, has become the unofficial national holiday of the American Jewish community. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was promoted as the Jewish alternative to Christmas. Since then, many individuals and communal leaders have fought against the “make Hanukkah big” movement and urged […]

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A Grandmother’s Gift

Personal narrative about a young Jewish girl’s Catholic grandmother, who gave her a diamond Star of David necklace.

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Death in the Interfaith Family

News article about the complex issues surrounding mourning and grief in interfaith families.

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Fifteen Christmases and a Festival Tree

1314 Originally published on the Chicago Carless blog, under the title Fifteen Christmases and an Eitz Moed. In Hebrew, “eitz” means “tree” and “moed” means, among other things, “festival.” December 8, 2011 I thought about adding, “Or, how to decorate a Chanukah bush” to the title of this post. Except it isn’t. It’s an Eitz […]

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Oy Tannenbaum

Personal narrative about the December dilemma, with a recipe to boot!

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Interfaith Marriages Bring Variety to Holidays

Reprinted news article about the growing number of interfaith families and how their children feel that having interfaith parents is normal.

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Does Half Count?

The personal narrative of a man who was raised with immense knowledge of the Holocaust, where much of his father?s family had perished, and faced much anti-Semitism, despite the fact that he was not truly a Jew.

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