The Jewish Week features a piece today on the latest “how to” book, “Boy Vey! The Shiksa’s Guide to Dating Jewish Men.” The title is fairly self-explanatory and the author, Kristina Grish, explains the allure as such:
…they’re the ultimate caretakers without a hint of machismo. They’re also generous and thoughtful thanks to a matriarchal culture that’s taught them to appreciate women’s strength, candor, humor and intelligence. And because Jewish men value professional drive, your mom can finally tell neighbors that you’re dating a doctor, lawyer or entrepreneur. And she’ll mean it this time.
As flattering as her depictions of Jewish men may be, we wonder how Grish’s depictions of interfaith relationships read to those who are actually in them. How does this article strike readers who have moved beyond the stereotypes and are in true-life committed interfaith relationships? We welcome comments from those of you who can speak from your own experiences.