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Jews Should Marry Jews

Posted by Glezele Vayne on March 10, 2010


Hat tip: Tamar Yonah of Israel National Radio

From Glezele Vayne

4 Responses to “Jews Should Marry Jews”

  1. vinny said

    Some days I really wonder about the wisdom in this. Do you know why a Jewish divorce costs so much more….because it is worth it.

    • elyakatz said


      Very cute.

      But if you’re serious (which would be sad)…perhaps you might benefit from reading up on how to maintain a truly Jewish marriage. Then you wouldn’t need a Jewish divorce!!

  2. westerncivisheretostay said

    Problem is, Jews didn’t exclusively marry Jews throughout history…which is why you have Ashkenazim who look exotically Greco-Armenian like me and other Ashkenazim who look positively Nordic…

    Just kidding…no one except modern-day Regressives and their National Socialist idols ever said ethnic groups have to be genetically homogeneous…

    • elyakatz said


      I know you know this, but for the sake of the discussion….

      Conversions are permitted, as long as the ger is a righteous ger. A righteous ger is someone who converts to Judaism out of love for HKB”H, has no ulterior motives, who recognizes the authority of the Written and Oral Torah and agrees to live by the precepts contained therein, and who wants to be a part of Klal Yisroel, thus is willing to throw his or her lot in with us no matter what happens, good or bad. In fact, a righteous ger is to be welcomed. It is a huge sin to oppress the righteous ger.

      Conversions probably explain the differences in appearance over time during the exile. However, even Jews who look very different from one another typically have a genetic profile which proves Middle Eastern descent. And you are correct, the Jewish people are not a race. We are a people, and do not have to be genetically homogenous.

      Generally, when Jews marry out (sans conversion) even if the mother is Jewish and the children are Jewish, the next generation or two are, by and large — no longer Jewish, certainly not shomer mitzvot.

      We need not fear the Jewish people will disappear. However, the promise that we are an eternal nation does not extend to individual Jews. Jews who are not shomer mitzvot generally do not have Jewish descendants after several generations.

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