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How Friendship and Quiet Conversations Transformed a White Nationalist

Posted on July 16th, 2018
From On Being with Krista Tippett


DEREK BLACK AND MATTHEW STEVENSON


We'd heard Derek Black, the former white power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past. But never about the friendships, with other people in their twenties, that changed him. After his ideology was outed at college, one of the only orthodox Jews on campus invited Derek to Shabbat dinner. What happened over the next two years is like a roadmap for transforming some of the hardest territory of our time.

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Why do I worry my daughter won’t fit in?

Posted on July 9th, 2018

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


by Anna Keller


I was never a princess. In my favorite childhood photo I have short brown hair and a leather jacket covered in zippers – a gift I had begged my Grandfather to buy me–it was a Michael Jackson special. In that same photo, my brother has his hair combed neatly to one side and he sports a NY Mets jacket. As an adult looking at that photo I realize a few things. First of all, I spent most of my life thinking that my brother was the “cool one.” One look at that photograph and it’s clear it was the other way around. 

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Does Interfaith Mean Anything at Age 6?

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

by Jessie Boatright


The other day, Ruthie and I were talking about one of her favorite topics—her cousins. She ticked off each one’s name, and talked about something special about them, or what they did the last time they were together. Then she started talking about some friends who are like family—she often brings up this topic of what to call her friends who are like family but who aren’t blood relatives. In speaking about two sisters in particular from a family that we often celebrate Jewish holidays with, she changed the subject a little bit.

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Premarital Blessing Now Challenging Middle Movement

Posted on June 25th, 2018
BY STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week


As the Conservative branch looks to reach out to interfaith couples, the aufruf ceremony is coming under scrutiny.


After Elleana Goldman was called to the Torah and recited a blessing, Rabbi Howard Buechler of the Dix Hills (L.I.) Jewish Center called her fiancé forward and together the couple spoke an English prayer thanking God for bringing them moments of joy.

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What Blessing Should I Read at My Daughter’s Interfaith, God-Free Wedding?

Posted on June 18th, 2018
By Unorthodox, Tablet Magazine 


Unorthodox, Tablet’s weekly podcast, takes questions from its listeners about all aspects of Jewish life, from the religiously profound to the utterly inconsequential. Every week, we discuss one of these questions online in “Ask Unorthodox.” If you have a question, please send it to [email protected].

This week, we got a question from a listener who’s preparing for her daughter’s wedding next month. She raised her daughter as a secular Jew, just as she was raised. Her daughter’s fiance is the son of Episcopal priests, and though he was raised in a religious household, he now lives a completely secular life. Their wedding ceremony will be a non-religious one, performed by a friend, with no mention of God. In a concession to his family, his father will be giving a blessing—to be vetted in advance—and our listener’s daughter has asked her to give a blessing as well, “to kind of represent the Jewish side.”

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