Dating out of the religion


05-Sep-2017 09:30

Like presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, my Jewishness comes not only from heritage but also from culture — an undeniable connection with other people who share the label.

No, I don’t attend temple and my best attempt at a consistent religious practice is a weekly routine of watching .

Yes, a bat mitzvah (or "bar mitzvah" if you’re a guy) is the Jewish equivalent of a .

I had a party with family and friends, wore an obnoxiously pink dress, and danced gracelessly to Fall Out Boy for the entirety of the night.

Nowhere, however, does it say that God picked out a spunky brunette whom he's waiting to spring on you at the right moment. When it comes to God, I'm pretty careful about saying what he does or doesn't do.

Adam was neither of those things and he definitely wasn’t a Christian.

The only thing they could agree on was that we should care for the poor — to do this, though, was another minefield of ideological differences and presuppositions about who was to blame for that poverty. He would scoop me up on his black motorcycle and whisk me to the best restaurants on the island, where we’d discuss our mutual love for travel and the family legacies we both shouldered.

All the while, fireworks literally exploded above us.

Even though I occasionally attended Sunday school (my parents’ half-assed attempt at submerging me in Judaism), I never directly tied my Jewish identity to the religion itself.

Instead, my claiming of Jewishness came from a desire to preserve what my ancestors had fought so hard to maintain, through suffering years of persecution and by surviving the Holocaust.If she is not a devout Jehovah’s Witness, can she walk away from this religion?