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He had come to adore this young man and saw that we were happy together.
However challenging, I believed that intermarriage could work and I could have a Jewish home, raise a Jewish family, and contribute to Jewish peoplehood.
But I knew that a piece of him was dying inside, and I felt horribly guilty about it.
The Reform rabbi we'd asked to marry us counseled my dad several times before our wedding, helping him work through his conflicted feelings.
When my boyfriend asked my parents for my hand in marriage, he reassured my father that he understood the importance of Judaism in our lives and would honor and uphold Jewish traditions and values.
Though probably still reluctant, my father lovingly said yes.