23, 2009, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. *** Soon after my bar mitzvah, just as I was discovering my interest in the opposite sex, I began to be bombarded with information about intermarriage—about how one in every two Jewish people would marry a non-Jew and how more than half of the children of those unions would not be raised Jewish.
But as I fell in love with her, she fell in love with me—and with my Judaism as well.
The two 'couples' - one posing as a Jewish man and a Muslim woman and the other dressed as a Muslim man and a Jewish woman - walked around the city wearing clothing to indicate their respective faiths.
While some welcomed their open-mindedness, many met the statement with aggression and hostility - staring, swearing, shouting and chucking bottles, captured on camera for a video entitled Muslim/Jewish Marriage Experiment.
The 2001 census suggests 21,000 but demographers believe the figure is considerably higher.
Occasionally both Muslims and Christians feel pressure to convert to another's faith in order to avoid fallouts and ostracism.
The new guidelines by the Christian-Muslim forum reinforce the need for religious leaders to accept inter-faith marriages and warn that no one should ever feel forced to convert.
In high school, this decision proved to be mostly moot. I tried not to follow up on them at first, but I was frustrated and lonely and had finite willpower.
After one date, though, I would beat myself up mentally for breaking my rule, and I’d avoid making second dates.