Am Yisrael Chai

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

The People of Israel Live Survival is a Jewish core value. So, each year Israel honors those who gave their lives fighting for the State’s existence, followed by celebrations on Israel Independence Day (April 14 and 15, 2021). Chants erupt spontaneously along with singing, “Am Yisrael Chai” (“The People Israel Live”). Many consider the existence […]

Crossing Cultural Frontiers at Passover and Easter

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

We often remind our readers that all communication is cross cultural. That dynamic might be hard to see until you and your partner celebrate a meaningful family life-cycle event or a traditional holiday celebration. The close proximity of Passover and Easter often provide those opportunities for discovery. Marc and Sandy, a Jewish-Gentile couple, reported just […]

Seeing the World Differently

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

We all tend to judge other cultures as inferior to our own assumptions and core values.  The answer to ethnocentrism is to grow our understanding about the assumptions and values of another human being. Do that with mutual respect  and you have hope of finding spiritual harmony. Imagine someone whose culture is to drink coffee […]

Ron and Liessa’s Story

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

Tuvya:  Ron and Liessa Randle are a Jewish-Gentile couple from St. Louis, MO. Lisa is Jewish, and Ron is African American. They have two adult children and a growing crop of grandchildren. The Randles were married just 11 years after the landmark civil rights decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, Loving vs. Virginia (1967) that […]

Esther: Blessings of an Intermarriage

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

Jewish-Gentile couples cite the challenge of finding spiritual harmony as one of their most difficult obstacles to resolve. All spiritual beliefs are formed at the deep core level of personal culture. And while change at that seat of our values comes with difficulty, we are able to learn, grow, and then reform ideas that we […]

Valentine’s Day: What Kind of Love Do You Need?

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

Have you seen the meme about the third century bishop and “friend of lovers,” Valentine? He, who was brutally executed by crazy emperor Claudius II, is imagined reacting when he hears how the holiday in his honor is celebrated.  “I was beaten with clubs, stoned, beheaded, buried under the cover of  darkness disinterred by my followers, and you commemorate my martyrdom by sending each other chocolates?” – Valentine of Interamna, A.D. […]

A Loving Idea

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired great social changes through the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s. He challenged, wicked ideas like segregation, based on the injustice of institutionalized racial inequality. Read how Dr. King’s vision moved Mildred and Richard Loving to challenge laws barring interracial marriage in 1967.

Resolving The December Dilemma

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

Ever wonder if there are any resources out there to help you resolve your family’s cultural tensions during the winter holiday season? Here are some useful suggestions to help you out!

Raising Kids in an Interfaith Home

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

One of the biggest challenges that Jewish-Gentile couples face is friction over how to raise children. Whether this is uncharted territory or a familiar struggle for you, we offer some practical resources.

Why Your Interfaith Relationship May be Marginalized by Religious Institutions

By: Tuvya Zaretsky

As an interfaith couple, one or both of you may have experienced moments of feeling unwelcome within the other’s community. We want to help you navigate these cross-cultural challenges.