"And that's how the death of Judaism proceeds, one accommodation at a time. I didn't feel bad about it. I agreed that this made sense. Compromises always make sense.
As I said those prayers in that hospital room, I didn't think that this might be the last time those words would ever be uttered over a Sollisch foreskin. I couldn't imagine a future where this little boy or his brother would ever get married and have children. But Zack married Allie, a Catholic, in 2014. And Max will marry Dana, a Catholic, this year And I'm about 99 percent certain that their sister, Zoey, will marry a non-Jew, too.
Zack's wedding was mostly a Catholic affair. He did not convert; he is Jewish, and proudly identifies that way. But I suspect his son--should he and Allie have one--will be circumcised in silence by a doctor in a sterile room. And the cord that connects my ancestors to God-the one I frayed-will be cut completely.
Jim Sollisch, Washington Post Magazine, 9 Jan. 2016, 27.