Before I joined the LDS church, I spent years researching and trying out other religions. Along that path, it’s no surprise that I found many things of value in other traditions. There were oddball (to me) ideas I stumbled on as well, but that’s another post another day.
While in college, I cared for a little boy from a Jewish family. His family often included me in holidays and invited me to simple Sabbath dinners. It was here I developed an appreciation for the tradition, heritage and beauty of the Jewish faith. As a matter of disclosure, had I not discovered the LDS faith, I was on my way to Judaism.
My question now is this: Can I find a way to teach my children ideas from other faith traditions without disrespecting or co-opting the symbols of those faiths?
For instance, I would like to teach my kids about Hanukah, and I have always loved the symbol of the menorah, but is desire to share enough of a reason to use sacred symbols from another faith? While I enjoyed and learned and appreciated my time at others’ tables, where is the line in what I may use myself, and was I must give respectful distance?