I didn't have to wear a Jewish star on my neck to feel different or separate. didn' t intend to like Colin, to dip my toes into the forbidden waters of dating a non-Jew. I could never bring a non-Jew home to my parents' Shabbat table, and ladle. For non-Jews who might be intimidated by attending their first seder, we offer holishkes, bimuelos, kneidlach, mandelbrot, teiglach and halek. Mandelbrot cookies are an Ashkenazi Jewish dessert dating back to the early nineteenth century. Mandelbrot are closely related to the &helip;.
The more liberal branches of Judaism have tried to embrace intermarried couples, hoping to slow the hemorrhaging from our community, but it is questionable how effective this has been in stemming the tide, given the statistics that intermarried couples are unlikely to have any Jewish involvement or to raise their children Jewish. They note that if the non-Jewish spouse truly shares the same values as the Jewish spouse, then the non-Jew is welcome to convert to Judaism, and if the non-Jew does not share the same values, then the couple should not be marrying in the first place.
If you are considering interfaith dating or marriage, consider this: Many people who are considering interfaith marriage or dating casually dismiss any objections as prejudice, but there are some practical matters you should consider.
And before you casually dismiss this as ivory tower advice from a Jewish ghetto, let me point out that my father, my mother and my brother are all intermarried, as well as several of my cousins. The Stereotypes Why are you not seeking out a Jewish partner? If you ask many Jews why they don't want to date other Jews, you will hear the ugliest list of antisemitic stereotypes this side of Nazi propaganda.
They will tell you that Jewish men are cheap, neurotic mamma's boys, not handsome and macho like gentile men.
They will tell you that Jewish women are frigid, materialistic and plain, not fun and sexy like gentile women. Interestingly, the stereotypes you hear from gentiles seeking Jews are quite different: In fact, there are quite a lot of gentiles who have registered for JDatea Jewish dating network, because they specifically want to date and marry a Jew.
If you think the negative stereotypes don't fit you, what makes you think they fit Jews of the opposite sex? The Marriage Where will you get married, who will perform the ceremony and how will it be performed?
Most movements of Judaism don't allow interfaith marriages to be performed in their synagogues, nor do they allow their rabbis to perform interfaith marriages, and before you casually dismiss this as bigotry, let's remember: You're asking them to put a religious stamp of approval on an act that has nothing to do with their religion.
You might as well ask the rabbi to say "amen" to a blessing over a ham and cheese sandwich. But now that you know you may have to be married in a church: How will your relatives feel when they are told, "in Jesus' name, let us say 'Amen'," as happened at an interfaith marriage in my family?
The Holidays What will you do when Christmas and Chanukkah overlap? When Easter and Pesach overlap? Whose holiday will you celebrate?
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Will your gentile husband veto the annual Chanukkah visit to your parents because Christmas is more important, as happened to an intermarried friend of mine? Will your gentile spouse be willing to sit through the lengthy seder ritual at your parents' house, or the lengthy High Holiday services? The Children How will the children be raised? The Jewish grandparents want a brisand the gentile grandparents insist on baptism.
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The Catholic grandparents want the child to learn catechism while the Jewish grandparents are looking forward to the bar mitzvah. Many interfaith couples think they are being oh-so-enlightened by raising the children with both faiths and letting them choose.
This makes about as much sense as asking your child to choose which parent's surname he wants to keep: A Reform rabbi provides an excellent discussion of the problem here. Aside from that, the message you are giving your children is that none of it is real, that none of it matters, that religion is a Chinese menu and you can pick one from Column A and one from Column B.
You are certainly welcome to believe that, but don't expect your local church or synagogue to agree with you. Even the more liberal movements of Judaism don't approve of bar mitzvah training for a child who is simultaneously receiving religious training in another faith, because it causes too much confusion for the child.
If you want your children to learn about all faiths, don't send them to bar mitzvah training; send them to a comparative religion class.
These are just a few of the more important considerations in interfaith relationships that people tend to gloss over in the heat of passion or in the desire to be politically fashionable.
Conversion In general, Jews do not try to convert non-Jews to Judaism. In fact, according to halakhah Jewish Lawrabbis are supposed to make three vigorous attempts to dissuade a person who wants to convert to Judaism. As the discussion above explained, Jews have a lot of responsibilities that non-Jews do not have. To be considered a good and righteous person in the eyes of G-da non-Jew need only follow the seven Noahic commandments, whereas a Jew has to follow all commandments given in the Torah.
If the potential convert is not going to follow those extra rules, it's better for him or her to stay a gentile, and since we as Jews are all responsible for each other, it's better for us too if that person stayed a gentile. The rabbinically mandated attempt to dissuade a convert is intended to make sure that the prospective convert is serious and willing to take on all this extra responsibility. Once a person has decided to convert, the proselyte must begin to learn Jewish religion, law and customs and begin to observe them.
This teaching process generally takes at least one year, because the prospective convert must experience each of the Jewish holidays ; however, the actual amount of study required will vary from person to person a convert who was raised as a Jew might not need any further education, for example, while another person might need several years.
After the teaching is complete, the proselyte is brought before a Beit Din rabbinical court which examines the proselyte and determines whether he or she is ready to become a Jew. If the proselyte passes this oral examination, the rituals of conversion are performed.
If the convert is male, he is circumcised or, if he was already circumcised, a pinprick of blood is drawn for a symbolic circumcision. Both male and female converts are immersed in the mikvah a ritual bath used for spiritual purification.
The convert is given a Jewish name and is then introduced into the Jewish community. He had lived in Cambridge. Mandelbrot had a reputation as an outsider to the mathematical establishment.
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From his perch as a researcher for I. Mandelbrot traced his work on fractals to a question he first encountered as a young researcher: The answer, he was surprised to discover, depends on how closely one looks.
On a map an island may appear smooth, but zooming in will reveal jagged edges that add up to a longer coast. Zooming in further will reveal even more coastline.
Mandelbrot told The New York Times earlier this year in an interview. Over nearly seven decades, working with dozens of scientists, Dr. Mandelbrot contributed to the fields of geology, medicine, cosmology and engineering. He used the geometry of fractals to explain how galaxies cluster, how wheat prices change over time and how mammalian brains fold as they grow, among other phenomena.
His influence has also been felt within the field of geometry, where he was one of the first to use computer graphics to study mathematical objects like the Mandelbrot set, which was named in his honor. Mandelbrot he added the middle initial himself, though it does not stand for a middle name was born on Nov. In his family fled the Nazis, first to Paris and then to the south of France, where he tended horses and fixed tools.
His career soon spanned the Atlantic.