Do jews dating non jews

31 Jan

Simultaneously, there has been a steep increase in intermarriage rates, particularly since the 1970s.

A 2013 study by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project found that 44 percent of married Jews in the United States have a non-Jewish spouse.

n January of 1939 The Atlantic caused a stir when it published “I Married a Jew,” an unprecedented first-person chronicle of the experiences of an intermarried non-Jewish woman.

In it, the anonymous author describes the severe ostracism she and her husband faced from their families and communities because of their marriage.

Much of the current debate on the topic is taking place among religious leaders, for whom intermarriage is not just a matter of demographic survival but also theology and halacha (Jewish law). The Reform and Reconstructionist movements officially leave the decision about participating in intermarriages to individual rabbis, many of whom will officiate at intermarriages.

The Orthodox and Conservative rabbinates interpret the law as forbidding intermarriage.

Since the second half of the 20th century—mainly as a result of greater secularization, assimilation and increased social mobility—American Jewish society has undergone a series of radical transformations.

These days, intermarriage doesn’t necessarily spell the end of an active Jewish life or of Jewish lineage.

Especially among younger Jews, intermarriage is often seen as unremarkable and fully compatible with being Jewish.

In other cases, there is a fear that the non-Jewish partner will lead the Jewish partner into foreign worship and start them down a slippery slope to idolatry.

The Bible has numerous cases of Israelite men marrying foreign women: Moses marries Zipporah, daughter of the Midian priest Jethro.