(H2H) Hollywood To Holy Land: Intermarriage

(H2H) Hollywood To Holy Land is the one-woman-show and video blog of National Daytime Emmy winner turned Reconstructionist Rabbinical College student Jean Meltzer-Maskuli, who uses controversial topics and awesome characters to kvetch her way to innovative conversations about Jewish life.

This week, (H2H) takes on intermarriage, with a surprise visit from Jean’s mother. Discuss amongst yourselves.

When Jean is not hunched over her computer working furiously on (H2H), you can find her parsing Hebrew verbs for school, consulting Jewish educators, advocating for ME/CFS rights, staring aimlessly at the Potomac and being a proud Army wife! (HOOAH!) 

  • http://prayables.com Susan Diamond

    This is great. I love how you use humor in your message, and the 1050′s near-sex experience film clip is hilarious! Intermarriage should be a non-issue. The real issue is an individual’s connection to God.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jericho.phire Jericho Elijah Phire

    This was great.

  • Miriam

    I think intermarriage is an issue mainly if you’re planning to have kids. No kids, no issue, as long as everybody respects each others’ beliefs or non-beliefs and is happy. But, speaking as a product of intermarriage myself, intermarriage can give kids a lot of confusion and anguish about their identity, who they “should” be or who they are, and it sort of leaves us kids to fend for ourselves and carve out our own identities. And hey, I guess I turned out all right, but not before I went through a lot of pain, a lot of confusion, a lot of spiritual wandering around in the wilderness for–not quite 40, but actually about 20–years. So….I guess what I’m saying is, I don’t want my future kids to go through what I went through. I want to give them a sense of who they are, a connection to their roots, and a way to express their spirituality, early on. And I think the easiest way to do that would be avoid intermarriage. But if he converts, that’s cool with me. Of course, as Jean points out, it is tough because we do meet all kinds of awesome Goyim in our lives that we’re attracted to. I have yet to date a Jew, even though I want to eventually marry one. (Nice Jewish boys are hard to come by in the rural Midwest, but that’s another story.) So where does that leave us?