I crave a partner who is equally strong, and I haven’t found that in Jewish men of my age. Am I likely to have children with a Jewish partner?
My rabbinical school made me sign a contract stating, ‘I will not date or marry a non-Jew.’ Now, since spirituality and a Shabbat practice are so much a part of my life, I would want to date someone who knows what that means and can participate fully in it.
So maybe I wouldn’t want to date a non-practicing Jew in the same way I wouldn’t want to date a non-Jew.
I feel cultural similitude with Catholics because they make up half of my family too.
I know matrilineal descent is the (practice) of the Western Judaism I primarily follow, but I intend to raise my kids Jewish (maybe alongside other things), whether their mother is or becomes Jewish or not.
At the end of the day, if it wasn’t a problem for Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon, who am I to make an issue of it?
” Signed a contract “Growing up, I thought having to date only Jews was in some ways repressive and oppressive.
Man, woman, tall, short, Jewish, Muslim, those are labels that aren’t helpful to me.
What are helpful are the gray labels, the ones that fall in between black-and-white categories, the ones I understand and you might not: smart, funny, kind, generous, respectful.
In fact, I find it exciting to date people who have different cultural backgrounds.