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On more than one occasion in conversation, we laughed about the fact that I knew more about the Jewish faith than they did.
I knew having an interfaith relationship could be complicated, and if we stayed together there would be some difficulties. Neither of us were looking to convert the other; we respected each other’s faith and culture.
Over almost seven years and two serious relationships with Jewish men who at first said religion didn’t matter — and then backtracked and decided it did — I’ve optimistically begun interfaith relationships with an open mind twice, only to become the last woman these men dated before settling down with a nice Jewish girl.
I can now say with certainty that I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion.
A study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2013 reported that almost half — 44 percent — of married Jews in the United States have a spouse who isn’t Jewish.They never fasted on Yom Kippur or observed Jewish holidays on their own.And when they traveled to celebrate holidays with their families, they made it clear it was an obligation rather than a choice.Regardless of the faith of my theoretical partner, I would encourage religious education or exploration of any kind.I want my family to have an educated and respectful view of the world, including of different religions, regardless of my partner’s faith.