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He was a nice secular guy from Seattle whose religious identity was rooted in memories of hanging stockings on Christmas and eating chocolate on Easter.
I never expected it to be more than a summer fling, but things escalated quickly. "And I can't marry a non-Jew." I then explained the concept of a -something that would bring shame upon oneself, one's family, and the entire Jewish community.
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Her purse contains every possible remedy you could desire for allergies or mosquito bites. She’s packed a few light snacks, including cheesecake, two kinds of sandwiches (in case you can’t make up your mind), and a whole rotisserie chicken.
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