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Interfaith family: How do you raise the kids?

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OP-ART: Lisa Haney

(Read caption) A drawing of a Christmas tree decorated with bagles, stars of David, dreidels and topped with a menorah illustrate an article by Julia Gorin on the attractions of Christmas to a Jewish girl.

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Tis the season for your interfaith family to celebrate. But celebrate what? The 12 days of Christmas? The eight nights of Hanukkah? And what happens in the New Year? Should Junior have a confirmation or a bar mitzvah? Does the baby have a baptism or a bris? Some people say that raising your kids in two religions gives you the best of both – that if one faith is good, two must be even better.


In a recent piece in Time, Susan Katz Miller author of the recently published “Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family,” argues just that. She says that raising children in an interfaith community that draws on two religions schools your kids in both sides of their religious heritage, avoids the need to favor one parent’s “better” faith at the expense of the other, and skirts a whole host of practical problems interfaith families confront.


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