For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been illustrating a weekly column for The Forward, a new york based Jewish newspaper. The questions deal with interfaith life, as more and more modern jews begin relationships and families with non-jews. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. A black man converting to Judaism feels left out.
2. How can a mother and father from two different religions talk to their son about god?
3. A jewish girl going off to college wonders how hard it will be to keep kosher.
4. A pregnant woman ponders moving to a city without a jewish community.
5. A woman feels uncomfortable when on vacation with her boyfriend’s liberal family speaking out against Israel
6. A woman considering converting to Judaism.
7. A Catholic husband worries that he and his Jewish wife won’t be together in the afterlife.
Paperwork for my tubal is signed. I finally got my doctor to agree that I need one, so that’s cool. The really uncool part is that because it’s a Catholic hospital, my husband had to sign that it was okay for me to get them tied. 🙄🙄🙄
My bile levels are down, so induction is off the table for the time being. My doctor didn’t know why my levels were so high for a couple days, but they’re normal again without medication, so who freaking knows. We just have to keep checking the levels in my urine every appointment and if they get elevated again we’ll order more blood work.
Merton reminded us of the life of Franz Jäagerstätter, a name familiar to several of the retreatants but generally unknown at the time. Jägerstätter was an Austrian Catholic farmer, husband, father, and church sexton who, for his refusal to serve in the army of the Third Reich, was beheaded in Berlin on August 9, 1943. Despite his modest education, Jägerstätter had seen with amazing clarity what was going on around him, spoken out clearly and without fear to both neighbors and strangers about the hell Hitler’s movement was creating, and finally–ignoring the advice of his bishop to take the military oath–paid for his obedience to conscience with his life.
Why, Merton asked, does Christianity produce so many who fight in manifestly unjust wars and so few, like Jägerstätter, who say no? “If the Church,” said Merton, “could make its teachings alive to the laity, future Franz Jägerstätters would no longer give their witness in solitude but would be the Church as a whole reasserting the primacy of the spiritual.”