Gentile dating a jewish girl
At the age of 16, growing up in a town whose century-old bylaws stipulated, "No Jews or Negroes," Jewish identity must have been a social non-starter.At the age of twenty, as a sophomore at Boston University, being Jewish must have threatened her budding romance with a handsome Catholic senior.American Jews have been occupied for four decades in a desperate attempt to stay the tide of assimilation and intermarriage (not to even speak of their more hideous confrere: conversion).I remember as a teenager in the early 1960s sitting through sermons where our rabbi pontificated on the various solutions to The Problem. A fondness for kreplach and klezmer and Isaac Bashevis Singer? They don't strive to inculcate in their children a love for Catholic culture.Why couldn't Jodi and Brian* have celebrated their nuptials in the neutral precincts of City Hall, or at the Botanical Gardens, or on horseback?Obviously Brian felt strongly enough about his Catholicism to insist on a church wedding.
I particularly loved the arresting fragrance of gardenias; in early spring, I couldn't resist buying gardenia plants, laden with two or three beautiful white flowers and a dozen buds, usually offered for .95 at Woolworths.But Jews, as all the population surveys prove, are rapidly disappearing.The first step in the multi-million-dollar enterprise of passing Jewish culture on to the next generation is to ensure that there will be a next generation.They are propagating a religion, complete with God and soul and afterlife.We are pushing a culture, complete with Sholem Aleichem and dreidels and lithographs of the Western Wall.
With Afghanistan and Iraq already lost, the Wall Street bankers were all desperately looking for other ways to control our world, when suddenly and very conveniently, the Sumatran Trench exploded.