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Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at
She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies.
In modern times, many Jews reject intermarriage out of fear of Jewish assimilation.
Marriages between Jews and non-Jews were extremely rare until the Jewish Enlightenment, and emancipation, which swept through communities in the Jewish diaspora during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Or when my father and I were guilted into taking the body of Christ at my sister's Catholic wedding.
But that was decades ago and now we're living in modern times.
Don't obsess over his practices; you need to know whether you two connect as a couple before you delve deeper into his faith.
Consider what you're looking for in the relationship.
Don't worry about all the details yet; you just want to orient yourself with the basics. Display sensitivity to his religious practices: Schedule dates on Saturday nights instead of Friday nights if he observes Shabbat, or suggest kosher-friendly restaurants if he observes kashrut.Times when there's a public outcry over a Cheerios ad featuring an interracial couple.Or when a white father is followed home and challenged to identify himself as the Dad of his biological brown children. Census reports show that interracial dating is on the rise with Latino and White mixes leading the pack.Communicating effectively and being aware of cultural differences will increase your chances of building a successful relationship with a Jewish man.
Ask -- either the man or a mutual acquaintance -- which type or movement of Judaism the man belongs to, and research the basic beliefs and practices of that movement.
However, I have also been seeing more relationships break up years down the road when the couple realizes that they have a difference in core values that even love cannot reconcile.