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Monday, October 7, 2013

Religion and Culture #31Days

We have been writing about our family background, including our roots and where we came from. Today’s question is about religion and culture. Did you grow up with religion in your home? Do you still practice that religion? Do you know whether your parents or grandparents were raised with a certain religion?

Dave and I were both raised Jewish. My paternal grandmother grew up living with her grandfather and he was quite religious, at least according to my grandmother. However, my grandparents did not raise their children religious. My parents were raised with connections to Judaism though, and while they may not have observed all the laws, Judaism was important to them. Hence, they in turn raised my brother and I with Jewish tradition and culture in our home.

Feel free to tell me about your family’s religious or cultural background in the comments or by leaving a link to your post!

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21 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I was born and raised Roman Catholic and so was Kevin, too. His family being Irish was definitely more religious then mine, but still we do follow the same religious holidays and observances, but his family went to church every Sunday, while mine went occasionally and for holidays. My girls have been baptized and will also follow all the sacraments by going to religious classes once they are of age.

tamarsb said...

I love seeing the evolution of people's faith and observances. I have so many friends raised very religious who still are - others who were raised mildly affiliated and have found their niche and observances as they see fit!

Dara said...

it's a much longer story as to why I'm more religious than my parents - and I didn't want to get into the variety of Jewish observances on here!

tamarsb said...

Totally understand! I still have periods today where my stance and observance level changes. One reason I love my community - we are a mix of a variety of backgrounds and everyone just fits!

Tamara Bowman said...

We're a bit of a mess. I was born and raised Jewish and my husband was born and raised half Jewish and half Christian. His ties are Mormon, but his family is not religious and they just call it Christian. My mom grew up with all of the Christian holidays so we had that while we were growing up. My brother, being half Christian, did too. We tend to celebrate a lot of holidays over here. I wish we could streamline it more for my kids, but they are being taught the meanings.

Amber said...

Nope, we never were religious growing up and we really aren't now.

Dara said...

well I think if you do meaningful customs from a variety of religions that is still good for kids! they learn from those things!

Dara said...

interesting, thanks for sharing!

Holly Higgins said...

We weren't really religious in my house, just going to church on Christmas and Easter. I'm wanting to instill the religious values that I didn't have in my kids, so we go to a Methodist church because that's what I was mildly affiliated with.

Dara said...

I don't know much about the different sects of christianity, but that is interesting that you still go to the same type of church that you did as a kid!

Holly Higgins said...

It's one of the many Protestant denominations :-)

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

We did grow up very religious but I don't practice anymore. It was such a long battle to come to peace with everything. I'm happy - that's what matters.

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Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

Both my husband and I are born and raised Catholics. My family went to church every Sunday, and practiced all the holidays. However, my husband's family seems much more religious than mine. My hubby's mom was one vow away from becoming a nun, so that may have something to do with it. :)

alihaider said...

Pl.post the comments

Dara said...

definitely you being happy is what matters!

Dara said...

well good thing she didn't become a nun, right?

Dara said...

I do not know what this means.

Rachel G said...

My family is Christian, Angel's family is nominal Catholic, though he became a Protestant as a teenager and we met at a Bible study we both attended, so faith is a big part of our lives!

Dara said...

I didn't know you met at a bible study - pretty cool!

Sara said...

I am loving reading all the comments about people's different faiths. This has been a topic that has been on my mind A LOT lately. I finally blogged about it

http://confessionsofaredheadedmama.blogspot.com/2013/10/31-days-to-write-story-of-your-family.html

Dara said...

awesome. thanks!