Intermarriage and the Jews: What Would the Early Israelites Say?

Ancient Hebrews habitually married strangers, the bible shows; but the embrace evolved into fervid bans - until the modern day.

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On Shavuot, Jews around the world read the Book of Ruth, which tells the story of how the heroine - a Moabite woman - married her way into Judaism. Later rabbis adopted the story as a model of how a Jew may...