Busted Halo

In Rendezvous with G-d, twentysomething blogger and journalist Monica Rozenfeld explores what it means as a young Jewish woman in New York City to have a relationship with G-d.

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July 8th, 2010

Jewish-Catholic Apartment Hunting


interfaith-apt-flashIt would only make sense for me, the Jewish girl who blogs on Busted Halo, to find two roommates — one Catholic, one a semi-observant Jew — to move in with. The beautiful part about it is my getting new material for the site.

When it was decided the three of us would find a place together, it was no question we would get along. We’re all in the same industry, have mutual friends, same crazy schedules (3 am work hours) and so on. But what happens if one eats bacon and leaves the lard out all over the kitchen table? And the other gets annoyed about having the lights on all night because of Shabbat.

“Would Annie get mad at me if I asked her if she eats bacon?” Farrah asked. “I hate bacon. It makes me throw up. And it’s not just a Jewish thing. I just hate bacon.”

“What do I need to know about Shabbat? I’ve been meaning to ask about that light thing.” Annie says. “I remember in college, the people across the street would ask us to turn the light on for them.”

So here goes some serious Jewish-Catholic dialogue. And by serious, I mean comical and thoughtful dialogue, where we all are forced to understand one another on not just a food and electricity level, but a deeper “This is how I get close to G-d” level.

Annie, my Catholic friend, even thought to maybe check out a church. Who knew, two Jewish girls could inspire a Catholic to go to church. Farrah would even point out the 17 churches along our apartment search path as an FYI, as if they were each exciting new spots for us all to go.

“I totally forgot about the light thing,” Farrah said. “Would it be weird for Annie to have the lights on in the bathroom all Friday night?

“And what about Pesach?” Farrah asks (referring to cleaning out the house for a week of any yeast).

“We will lock her up in her room with a loaf of bread,” I joked.

In the meantime, we first need to find the place we all call home (where we can learn about Kosher cuisine and Catholic churches). Stay tuned to see how it all turns out.

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  • Catie M

    I love reading about your spiritual journey, because I can identify with so much of it. It’s another reminder to me that no matter what our background, religion, race, etc., we all deal with the same questions, doubts, and struggles. We are all looking for where we fit into our world and how to leave our mark on it.

    My roommate in college was Jewish (I’m Catholic), and it was definitely an amazing learning experience. I learned more about her culture and religion than I ever could from my religious studies classes. I anxiously await your posts on this adventure, and hope you find your perfect apartment soon!

    Thank you so much for what you are doing, and please keep it up!

  • Jan Nichols

    I knew someone married to someone Jewish and when her parent died and they arrived at the house, he noticed all the mirrors appeared to be “dirty” and frantically wiped them clean when he discovered this was part of Jewish tradition! Living together as roommates may be a great experience to learn from one another and appreciate traditions. Certainly, the mother and father of Jesus were considered to be devout Jews and Jesus continued to worship and uphold Jewish feast days throughout his life. Look for common ground. I promise you will find it. Good Luck and G-d Bless!

  • Tom Gibbons

    Two Jews and a Catholic? You guys are SO ending up in Brooklyn. Great post, looking forward to the upcoming adventures!

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