In light of this blog’s six-month anniversary, I’d like to announce a call for papers (or guest blog posts, or e-mails, or questions/comments, or anything else you’ve got).
A major reason that the Jewish community is contemptuous and afraid of Jewish conversions to Christianity is the equation of conversion and assimilation, on one hand, and of assimilation and the disappearance of the Jewish people on the other. The chief rabbi of Israel had at one point said of Cardinal Lustiger that, by converting to Catholicism, the latter was accomplishing Hitler’s goal of annihilating the Jews. The sentiment is common. Christian converts, the logic goes, tend to marry other Christians, most of whom are non-Jewish – which means that their descendants will drift progressively further from the Jewish people.
From the Christian perspective, this poses a non-trivial conundrum. If we believe that the Jews, as a people of the election, have a special relationship with God, then preservation of this people is important. So far in Jewish history, “preserving the Jewish people” has only meant one thing – marrying Jewish. Most Christian Jews would perceive such a restriction in marriage practice as unconscionable.
Is there then a way to preserve the Jewish people within the Church? Does it require avoidance of Jewish-Gentile Christian marriages? If not, what other means are there? The answers probably lie hidden in the experiences of people like you and me.
I would love to hear from you if you are:
- A Christian who is part-Jewish in ethnic origin
- A Jewish or part-Jewish Christian with children from a marriage with a non-Jew
- A non-Jewish Christian with children from a marriage with a Jew (whether Christian or not)
- Anyone else with thoughts on this specific topic
Please drop me a line (or a paragraph, or a paper, or a book recommendation), either in the comment section to the blog or at groomsfamilyblog at gmail dot com. Let me know also if you would be willing to be interviewed on this topic in the future.