For my children

13.10.2011                      15.Tischrei. 5772                       Sukkot 1

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For my children

During the High Holy Days I think about what a magnificent time it is to be a young immigrant living in Jerusalem.

During the High Holy Days I think about what a magnificent time it is to be a young immigrant living in Jerusalem. Yet, the reasons for my connection to the High Holy Days in Israel may be a bit surprising.
I come from an interfaith family. I identify myself as Jewish, but my mother never converted.
In our household, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur were observed as a family, a fact that as a child I never thought much about. I cannot remember one holiday where my mother did not come to services with us, always remarking on the themes and motifs in prayers that she connected to or found inspiring. These connections, I now realize, were her way of being part of an interfaith family….