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    • Arieh Zimmerman
    • 03.09.09 | 20:31 (IDT)

    It is a terribly painful subject which is rarely if ever discussed. During centuries during which Jewish communities were subject to violence in virtually every community, during the numerous pogroms, Jewish women were raped by their non-Jewish neighbors. The problem was simple, the alternatives limited. Many societies reject innocent women who have been violated. Whether Jews of the period were more compassionate, or whether the numbers were so great that to repudiate the women could not be done without decimating the entire community,the women remained. The resulting children were raised as Jews. The pure blood of the ultra-orthodox is a myth. Their refusal to wed their children to newly religious Jews a sad farce. A good Jew is a decent human being! If the goishe bride or groom is a decent human being, that is infinitely more important to the couple and to the children than whether they wear a cross, star of David,the Shahada, or no symbol at all.

    from the article: WATCH: New campaign targets Jews 'lost' to assimilation
    First published 01:23 03.09.09 | Last updated 19:59 03.09.09
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