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Beyond ChrismukkahThe Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States$
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Samira K. Mehta

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636368

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636368.001.0001

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One Roof, One Religion

One Roof, One Religion

The Campaign for a Jewish (Interfaith) Family

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(p.78) Chapter Three One Roof, One Religion
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Beyond Chrismukkah
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Samira K. Mehta

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636368.003.0004

Chapter 3 traces the tensions and contradictions inherent in attempts to create Jewish homes out of interfaith families, in the Reform movement’s initial responses to the rising interfaith marriage rate. It points to “religion” and “culture” as terms with ever shifting definitions, strategically deployed to permit particular kinds of familial practices. Through sources ranging from 1980 to 2000, Mehta tracks and interprets which Christian practices are labelled as “religious,” and therefore unacceptable, as opposed to “cultural” and therefore permissible. Analytically, the chapter uses practice theory to call into question the underlying assumption of the rhetoric about a Jewish home, which is that it is possible to have a religiously singular home if the parents are from different traditions.

Keywords:   Reform Movement, Paul Cowan, “New Jews”, Ethnicity, Culture, Religion, Children’s Books, PJ Library, Minority faith, Asymmetry

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