A Tribute to Non-Jews Who Practice Judaism
Mobilerabbi has officiated at many interfaith weddings in which the non-Jewish spouse wanted a Jewish wedding. Mobilerabbi has witnessed many non-Jews who stood under the chupah and were moved to tears when hearing the kiddush or when the glass was broken. There is a message in those tears for everyone of us. They remind us how deeply precious it is to be Jewish.
Barely a month goes by, it seems, that there isn’t some study about the future of American Jewry. These studies cite figures showing increasing rates of assimilation and decreasing rates of Jewish literacy. These studies conclude that Judaism in American is in decline. We all know, some of us painfully so, that too many of our family members have been lost to our faith and people.
There is, however, some very positive trends within the American Jewish community.
At one time it was a given that those who were Jewish were Jewish because their parents were Jewish. That is no longer the case. There are thousands of non-Jews who practice Judaism. Many of these de facto Jews will never formally convert to Judaism. Yet, they love Judaism. Non-Jews are sometimes the most active congregants in many synagogues. An increasing number of Jewish leaders, including rabbis, have a non-Jewish parent.
Mobilerabbi has heard amazing awe-inspiring stories from non-Jews about why they practice Judaism. Mobilerabbi shall never forget when a non-Jewish bride told me that one of the reasons she planned on raising her children to be Jewish was to replace some of the six million Jews who died during the Shoa.
American Judaism has a brighter future due to the love of Judaism by many non-Jews. Mobilerabbi is honored to officiate at their weddings.