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“We know that we’re the kind of marriage that Israel doesn't want and I think a lot of Muslims aren’t thrilled by it either,” said Varda, who asked that the family’s surname not be published.
Over the course of 16 largely happy years of marriage and raising children, the couple have had to vault hurdles thrown up by the Israeli state and their respective societies.
There were a hundred people at the house and eventually they noticed she was there,” he laughed.
The reaction of Varda’s progressive Dutch parents was more complicated.
Our Torah and Jewish calendar are filled with a veritable treasure trove of tradition and meaningful ritual, enabling us to live uniquely enhanced lives filled with memorable moments of celebration and wisdom, all with that inimitable Jewish flavor.
Our homes are where we nurture, and where our children learn to care. If you ask anyone that grew up with it, they will tell you the same thing: it’s the simple rituals that have the greatest impact.
I almost became a statistic, except for one redeeming factor: I cared. We need to nourish ourselves with more Jewishness in order to ensure their success.
I believe this is the factor that can make the difference. We want our children to care about the meaning of being Jewish.
I self-righteously concluded that we had nothing in common, since they were prepared to give their Jewish identity the backseat.
I was sitting firmly in the driver’s seat with mine, so much so that I became the leader of a Zionist youth movement, and started to mix with an idealistic new crowd. Things were getting serious, but I was ignoring the ramifications, because, you remember, I was not going to marry out.