So I come from a half-Jewish, half-Christian family in name, but neither of my parents is particularly religious. We usually celebrate Passover, Easter, Christmas, and Hanukkah as family-oriented holidays, but not more religious holidays. I’m not a religious person, but as I’ve gotten older (I’m in my early 20s now) I’m realizing that I’ve missed out on all the Jewish traditions my dad celebrated growing up, as his family lives far across the country and we rarely see each other. I also didn’t go to Hebrew School or have a bat mitzvah, so I know basically nothing about actually BEING Jewish. Meanwhile, I know a lot about Christianity because of my mom’s family who lives nearby (and also because it’s literally everywhere). As a secular person whose father is Jewish, is there a way for me to respectfully learn more about my heritage and participate in Jewish traditions, even though I don’t want to convert?
Blended family identity crisis!
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