Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Dear Miriam,

I met a great guy online, and we recently went on our first date. His profile didn't specify his religion or profession, so I asked him about that early on in the date. Turns out, he's studying to be Christian clergy. We still had a good time, but I want to have a Jewish home, and I feel like his career path is a deal breaker. Also, don't you think he should have been upfront about this in his profile? He's willing to give "us" a shot, but I'm not sure that I am. In case it matters, I'm not planning to have kids regardless of who I end up with.
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Dear Miriam,

I'm a female Ph.D. student in chemistry.  The boy I like is a dance student, which is a totally different thing.  I always figured I'd meet someone in my field.  A masters in chemistry is as good as a Ph.D. for getting a job.  Is there any point in my finishing my program, or should I just fall into a life with this boy and see where things go?

Signed,
Chemistry, not chemistry

Dear Chemistry,
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Dear Miriam,

I've recently started dating someone who is not Jewish. For the moment, it's not super serious, making this question mostly hypothetical for me. But this is my first foray into dating non Jews (I've never been opposed to it in principle, but I've just happened to only date Jews in the past), so I am wondering when and how to bring up the topic of religion. I'm relatively observant and being religiously Jewish is a big part of my identity.

Signed,
Newly Dating

Dear Newly,
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