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If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids?: A Parenting Guide for Interfaith Families Paperback – September 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Behrman House (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807404527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807404522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
My husband (Jewish) and I (Christian) were given this book as a gift. We both read it indiviually and both had the same reaction: It is written in a very biased way. The authors portray the Christian religion as superficial. Case studies are used throughout to make their point- you must choose Judaism if your children are to grow up with a firm sense of self and belonging. (Christianity as the chosen religion does not seem to be an option with the authors). I do not recommend this book and neither would my husband. We threw it out.
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By A Customer on October 3, 2000
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I found this book to be very biased. I am Christian, my husband is Jewish and we are raising our children Jewish. If you are considering converting to the Jewish faith, then you'll find this book supportive and it might work for you. However, don't be misled into thinking it's a book for interfaith families. This book left me hurt, more confused and even a little angry. I do NOT recommend it.
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I purchased this book without reading the reviews and I regret that now! The book essentially tells the story of two interfaith families, and how they coped with the spiritual education of their children. One family opted to raise their children as Jews, the second choose to raise the children as both , which led to little or no religious based education. This was quite disheartening for me, as our plan is to both baptize our children, and have a traditional bris or naming ceremony. I wanted to learn how to teach my kids about God, Jesus, and the bible staying as true as possible to both Catholicism and Judaism . Understanding this is going to be quite a challenge I was putting a lot of hope into this volume. Unfortunately, this book offered no practical solutions, except to favor raising your kids as Jews. At no point did this text offer any solution on what to do if both parents are very strong in their faith and want to pass that on. I am disappointed that a book that asks a simple question never really answers it. At one point in the book, the daughter of the 'both' family indicates she is sorry she isn't anything. She 'resents she was raised without a real religion'. That is so sad, and this book never explains what to do to prevent the result.

Try a different source. This one will only frustrate you.
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By A Customer on September 27, 2000
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While this book does a good job of pointing out the conflicts/issues/problems that interfaith couples will face when raising children, I found it definitely biased toward choosing one religion in the home, and making that religion Judaism. If you are looking for ways in which to incorporate two religions in a home--skip this book.
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I have to be honest. I didn't get past the first chapter of this book. Unusual for me, I think I've finished just about every book I've ever started. But I was so offended and hurt by this book that I stopped early.

I'm a Christian woman engaged to a Jewish man. We're both deeply involved in our religions and joyful in our respective traditions, and we both enjoy the exchange of ideas and experiences that we have gotten to share with each other as we discuss our beliefs and celebrate each other's holidays. We've spoken with many interfaith couples and both Jewish and Christian clergy as we plan our marriage. A rabbi recommended this book to us.

My fiance and I have heard and read plenty of spoken and written criticisms of interfaith families, but this book was the most blatant, the least thoughtful, and the most hurtful.

It was not supportive of interfaith families at all. I felt that the book was very disrespectful. The book stated that it should be easier for Christians to give up passing on Christianity to their children because Christianity was shallow and less meaningful than Judaism. It suggested that interfaith families that raised their children Christian only did it to "pass", so their children could be part of a "majority culture". It never acknowledged that Christians might find Christianity meaningful in its own right.

Maybe it gets better after the first chapter. I wasn't inclined to continue reading it.
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Despite the "Do Not Buy" review, I did purchase this book almost by accident. While it did not offer any wonderful suggestions, it did start to ask the right questions. My boyfriend and I are beginning this journey of education, conversation and decision making and this did help formulate some questions. I did however find "The Interfaith Family Guidebook" VERY helpful and insightful! (also available here on amazon)
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