In post-divorce life, it occurred to me that it had been over 13 years since the last time I went on a date. Not only did I have no idea what I was doing in this new life, but the rules had changed.…Online dating was the norm, and as a busy mom of two who still didn’t have a very large network here in Maine, it was the reality of meeting people and getting back out there. I fully intended to find love in my life again with a significant other and didn’t rule out the possibility… >> Read More
David and I met at a furniture expo in Milan. He was an American sculptor and painter, and an observant Jew. I was a French fashion designer and writer, and a not-so-observant Catholic. We were…engaged three months after we met and married six months after that. We settled in a largely Jewish neighborhood on the west coast. Early in our marriage, David's faith was something I loved about him. I loved his passion for it, I loved how he mentored his nieces and nephews as their faith developed, I… >> Read More
The question of whether or not to raise our children Jewish wasn't one that my husband and I ever clearly articulated--but it's what's happening.
I came late to the party, as far as Judaism is…concerned. I didn't convert formally until I was in my mid-30s, and by then I had already had my first child. It’s not that we didn’t talk before we had children--we did, endlessly. Neither one of us wanted to give up our traditions, and we both wanted to raise our kids to honor and celebrate… >> Read More
I’ll never forget the first roll call in fourth grade at the St. Fabian School.
“Levey, Hilary? [Pause] Really?!”
Yes, really. My father, who gifted me his last name, is clearly a Member of…the Tribe (Levite, natch). But my parents decided to baptize and raise me as a Roman Catholic, like my mother. >> Read More
This post is part of our month-long series featuring different ways that parents of various religions have talked to their kids about God.
I live with a little theologian. My eldest daughter has…had a lot to say about God for as long as I can remember. The expected questions have come along about creation and death, and they become more complex and challenging as she gets older. What has not changed is that she has consistently referred to God using female pronouns. Until recently, she never asked… >> Read More