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Giving Up Jewish Christmas

I am the Jew in my interfaith marriage. Both of my parents are Jewish. But when I think of the December holidays, I reminisce primarily about Christmas, a holiday we always celebrated because my parents loved the romance of

Giving up Christmas and Celebrating Ourselves

True confessions: I love Christmas–the music, the spirit, the decorations, even the fruitcake. I have a great fruitcake recipe.

When I was a child growing up in Queens, N.Y., Christmas was the time my grandmother and her sisters–all Jewish–gathered

Elijah’s Cup and Miriam’s Cup

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The biblical prophet, Elijah, is a major figure in the biblical books 1st and 2nd Kings. In Jewish tradition, Elijah is associated with the hope for the arrival of the Messiah

Creative Passover Seder Ideas For Adults

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The Passover seder is meant to be engaging. The most traditional seder features storytelling, singing, foods as teaching tools, questions and answers, and an emotional journey.

Children have a special role

A Catholic’s Confession

In an interfaith couple, the religion you bring to the marriage becomes like your family of origin. While it is okay for you to find fault with it, heaven forbid your spouse has any criticism. Luckily, Barry, my Jewish

“A Good Muslim Wife”

This morning, while Harun was still asleep, I set the table with tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and a loaf of good, fresh Turkish bread. If it were up to me, I’d just have a cup of coffee and a

Four Modern Questions for Passover

This year, Passover and Easter will be celebrated in the same week. At sundown on March 27th, Jews all over the world begin the eight-day celebration of Passover with a seder, during which the Passover story is recounted. As part

How You Can Make Shabbat at Home



In the Jewish calendar, days begin at sundown, rather than at sunrise or at midnight. The most important thing you can do to make Shabbat special is to remember that it’s coming and plan to have a nice

Seven Days and a Funeral

I am a non-Jew living a very Jewish life. You see, my husband is an observant Conservative Jew. Ever since we met five years ago, I’ve experienced a new world of holidays, foods and rituals. My husband has shown me