I’m trying to finish three large articles before Thanksgiving, all while doing a fair amount of editing (and did I mention that I officially work only three-quarters time?!), so the blog is getting pushed through the cracks a little this week.
To tide you over while I have a nervous breakdown, er finish my other assignments, I hereby link you to some topical pieces appearing elsewhere on the Internet:
Gari Julius Weilbacher has a column in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent on “How the Interfaith Can Add to Faith.”
In “Expert Tells MK’s: We have 15 years to fight assimilation,” The Jerusalem Post quotes Rabbi Gilad Kariv, head of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, the Israeli branch of the Reform movement, warning against alienating the children of mixed marriages:
We need to be careful when we process the numbers,” he said. “To the best of my knowledge, and I’m not an expert on this issue, there may be 55% of marriages between Jews and non-Jews, but that does not mean there’s a 55% assimilation rate and that families in this group are torn away from the Jewish people.The key question is how we treat this phenomenon."
And Galit Breen, of Minnesota Mameleh, explores how, even though her husband converted to Judaism, their relationship is in many ways still an interfaith one.
Shabbat Shalom, have a good weekend, and I’ll try to come up for air once more before Thanksgiving!
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