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It's a conversation I had had hundreds of times in my 44 years as a Jewish educator. However, this time was different: It was with my son.
Sometimes we create our own traditions, sometimes we carry on a tradition we inherit, and sometimes a tradition can come from unexpected places.
In their new book JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews, scholarly husband/wife team Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt examine the intersection of race, religion, and ethnicity in the increasing number of households that are both Jewish American and Asian American (like theirs is).
I get asked a lot if I’m “half.” Often, people are referring to my mixed Caucasian and Asian American heritage, their curiosity sparked by my Korean last name on my Jewish business card or by whatever other seeming tip arises on a given day.
The challenges and contradictions of being a Jew in America are never more obvious than in the month of December. Christmas is unavoidable from before Thanksgiving until well after New Year's.
For parents of different faiths, December often brings holiday challenges. For divorced parents with joint custody, these challenges can be amplified.
Before we married, my ex-husband and I decided we would have a Jewish home.
In Waco, TX, my husband’s Reform Jewish family was proud to observe Hanukkah with latkes and dreidels, eschewing Christmas trappings of any kind.
In the opening chapters of Exodus, we read about a Jewish man who failed to circumcise his son. Aside from incurring God’s wrath by not having a brit milah, or ritual circumcision, he failed to uphold the oldest Jewish ritual of the Bible that had started with