December is a tricky month for many interfaith couples and their families. It evokes nostalgic childhood memories and family traditions that are deeply rooted; so you’re bound to have a little conflict. To respect both sides and to minimize conflict, it’s important to discuss the December holiday plans and practices early on in your relationship.
It was only about a month and a half ago that we started to include the prayer for rain once again in T’filah: Mashiv haruach umorid hagashem, “You cause the wind to shift and rain to fall,” (Mishkan T’filah, p. 78).
A month ago, I tempted you with a taste of current fiscal policy (warning: please read Sequestration Part 1 before this, or you will be very confused, not to mention less informed!).
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha'olam, hagomel li-chayavim tovot shegamalni kol tov.
Blessed are You, Eternal, our God, King of the universe who bestows goodness upon the accountable, who has bestowed every goodness upon me.