For this week’s #WhatTheHellHappened we caught up with “Panicked Latke” who originally wrote us because she was in the process of converting to Judaism and was extremely nervous about introducing her Jewish partner to her devout, Catholic family at Christmas.
So, #WhatTheHellHappened? Here’s a refresher on “Panicked Latke’s” original story, and an update from her below!
“Dear Mom and Spawn, I’m in the process of converting to Judaism. I’ve actually been practicing Judaism for a long time. My parents, although my mom is a super devout Catholic, are really supportive of it. I’m dating a NJB (nice Jewish boy) and have been for some time now. He’s really awesome, and he wants to come to my family’s Christmas gathering this year, and I want him to get to know my family. My grandmother fought Nazis, and at 96, has dementia. She likes Jewish people “because I fought the Krauts for them,” but realistically thinks any non-Christians will go to hell if they don’t turn to Christ. The one time I told her, “hey I’m Jewish” she flipped out and told me that she loved me, but I’m going to hell. My entire mother’s side of the family is SUPER religious Catholic. I’m terrified for him to meet them, because they are really pushy about their religion. Should I keep them away from him until I’m in a legal situation where they have to meet him, such as ‘oh hey babe these people are your family now ze kef,’ or should I introduce him to them? I’ve met his family and they really like me, but I’m really afraid that my Sephardi partner is going to experience the Inquisition at Christmas. What should I do????” – Panicked Latke
So, #WhatTheHellHappened to her?
“Hi Kate – I’m happy to break my anonymity. Basically what happened is I took the “nice Jewish boy” home and my family was fine with not attempting to proselytise to him. What ended up occurring is as the relationship progressed I realized I was much more observant than he was and that he didn’t want much to do with his Judaism. That’s fair enough except as someone who long term speaking wants to work for the Jewish community that’s kind of a deal breaker. We broke up and now I’m dating one of my best friends who he himself happens to be Jewish with a Catholic dad!” – Beth
@CrazyJewishMom: Good for you!
@KateFriedmanSiegel: I’m sorry it didn’t work out with the guy, but I’m so glad to hear you’ve found happiness in a new relationship! L’Chaim!
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