Isn’t it funny how we portray grandmothers and grandfathers? On one hand, I see headlines that say, Not Your Grandfather’s Shul or Not Your Grandmother’s Challah – always with the implication that the things of your grandparents are outdated, lousy, good to discard. Then, on the other hand, I see articles titled, How to Cook…Read More »
I Found Religion, My Spouse Left It, What About Our Kids?
Dear Dawn: I’m the daughter of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who raised me with no religion. Finding my way into Judaism has been difficult and, at times, painful. My partner, Tom, was raised Christian and is now an atheist. While he has warm feelings for his church, he no longer belongs. When discussing how…Read More »
Is it OK to leave decisions about burial to our kids?
Dear Dawn: I read where you said that parents should decide how they want to be buried and tell their children. That all sounds good, but my wife is Catholic and determined to be buried in a church cemetery. I’m Jewish and I really don’t care where I’m buried, except that I do not want to…Read More »
Don’t Leave End-of-Life Decisions to Your Children
My son’s wife’s grandfather is dying. He is in his 90’s and his body has given out. He told his granddaughter that he is ready to go and has stopped eating in order to facilitate his exit. As you can imagine, she cries every day. He lives states away and she and my son call…Read More »
How do I teach my sons about their Christian dad?
(This Mixed and Matched article was originally published in the J weekly in January 2018.) My husband is not Jewish. He is not particularly religious but was raised Methodist and his parents practice the religion. He has agreed that we can raise our two little boys as Jews but he wants the boys to also understand…Read More »
I don’t have to be Jewish to raise Jewish children
This is a from my column, Mixed and Matched, at the J weekly. It was published October 2014 under the title, Naysayers undermine non-Jewish mom’s spiritual efforts. I am a spiritual person with my own concept of God. I am not Jewish. I am fully committed to raising my children in the faith of…Read More »