A glowing example of the joys of being an interfaith family. The Finkel- Talvadkar Family celebrate their son’s coming of age with a Bar Mitzvah and a Hindu Thread Ceremony.
Hinduism and Judaism are not the most closely related of religions. Originating in distinctive parts of the world, though each is equally ancient and timeless, there seems little common ground between Hinduism and Judaism. It is not so much a case of opposing beliefs, but rather entire concepts and cosmologies that appear totally unrelated to each other. How then does a Hindu- Jewish family navigate family life, and crucially ensure that their children have the best of each faith tradition?
The Finkel- Talvadkar family, Vivek, Linda and their son Dev, were able to find symetry in celebrating life’s important events that accurately reflected and expressed their family’s Jewish and Hindu faiths. In both traditions a son’s coming of age celebration is one of the most important moments of an individual and family’s life, so when son, Dev turned thirteen years old, Vivek and Linda decided that the best way forward was to have both a Hindu Thread Ceremony and a Bar Mitzvah- and include the whole family.
Whilst the descriptions of how this family organised these two celebrations is in itself enjoyable, what we are sure our readers will also pick up is how sincere the Finkel- Talvadkars are in their faith and culture. Their celebrations were not superficial tokenism, done to satisfy family or to have an excuse for a holiday. Not at all, Dev’s Bar Mitzvah and Hindu Thread Ceremony express the family’s dual religious character, and how crucially that this is a harmonious, equitable inter faith family.
What is also evident, in this harmonious and genuine expression of their two faiths, is how the ancient ceremonies undertaken by their son, Dev, also helped Vivek and Linda, two professionals living in America, reconnect with their faith, their cultural heritage, even in the midst of a multicultural and post cultural society.
An article that is absolutely essential reading and will leave you with a glowing feeling of somehow having participated in the harmony of a Hindu- Jewish family.