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    • Jay A Friedman
    • 23.09.07 | 11:24 (IST)

    I am an Orthodox Jew and I have no problem whatsoever with intermarriage. A Jew (one who was born of a Jewish mother or converted according to Halacha) wants to marry a Non-Jew (one who was not born of a Jewish mother or converted according to Halacha)? go right ahead?Gezunta Heit?Mazel un Bracha?A blessing on your head Mazel Toff, Mazel Toff Now, if the Jewish partner is a female, the ensuing offspring are Jewish. If the Jewish partner is a male, the ensuing offspring are not Jewish. (This is correct even if the male non Jewish parent plays softball in the Temple slow pitch softball league. (The Rabbonim have not issued a psak about fast pitch leagues but I would venture that their ruling would be the same.) It?s as simple as that. No ideology?no pushing and shoving? Now, if the non Jewish offspring wants to daven and sway back and forth and quote from the meforshim and even speak in a sing song voice?why not? This doesn?t make him/her a Jew but why shouldn?t a pluralistic society permit him to do what he wants. Does he hurt anyone? If the Jewish offspring wants to attend the usual Sunday morning service and have a Bar/Bat Mitzva party where the iced duck goes drip drip drip and the 12 year old girls with braces are constantly pulling up their topless evening dresses and the adults are standing around eating those shrimpselach and lobsters and quaffing the champagne, why shouldn?t a pluralistic society allow them to do what they want? This doesn?t metamorphosize the non Jewish offspring into a Jew and in a couple of generations, the offspring of the Jewish offspring won?t be Jewish either, so what?s the problem? Do what you want to do. It?s a free country.

    from the article: Reaching out to interfaith families
    First published 00:00 21.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.09.07
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