Q: There have been other books about intermarriage written by journalists, social researchers, Jewish professionals, and academics. What makes From Generation to Generation different from these other works?
There are many books about interfaith relationships including ones that offer advice, history, an academic perspective, examples of different arrangements and stories culled from interviews with couples but written by someone else. Often these anecdotes depict how a family deals with one particular situation. Other books feature personal stories, but are more a compendium of essays from various writers mixed with advice from professionals in the field, or give the male partner’s point-of-view. I feel there is room in this mix for the female voice, a mother’s voice, as well as a more in-depth look at how one family handles a variety of situations over time.
From Generation to Generation is a personal narrative that aims to show that like life, the spirituality of an interfaith family is fluid. We have unexpected joys, surprising challenges, victories and defeats. Our religious life, celebrations and concerns go beyond the classic December Dilemma discussion. I use my family’s story to paint a different picture of interfaith family life.