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Reasons to Prohibit Intermarriage

30.04.19

Question

I am writing to inquire if Orthodox Jewish law or precedent supports my parent’s position. Here they are. 1. Their last will and testament states to marry a non Jew is to entirely forfeit my inheritance. 2. To marry outside the faith would be a violation of the social-religious contracts and to commit social suicide where I would be more or less disowned as a social pariah. 3. They and my Orthodox siblings would refuse on any grounds to meet a non Jewish partner or any offspring resulting from this union, i.e. my patent’s grandchildren. I am certain they are committed to preserving legacy etc but my query here is if this mindset and retributive moves are common to Jewish law and custom. In other words, is this inherent to the doctrine and worldview of Judaism or are their decisions a net result of the senility of agining, bankrupt morality, a reactionary mindset from Jewish oppression, generational identity as survivors, or are these conventions strictly the result of centuries of religious and ideological conviction. Thank you for an honest and straightforward response. The religious mindset truly leaves outsiders baffled and mystified and it would useful to know if there is a religious ideology behind their motives or something else. Asher

Answer

To the Questioner, 

Yes, Jewish Orthodox Torah Law supports these positions, in the sense that any children born from a Non-Jewish mother are total Non-Jews. 

Are their decisions a net result of the senility of agining? - No.
Bankrupt morality - No.
A reactionary mindset from Jewish oppression - No. 
Generational identity as survivors - No. 

Or are these conventions strictly the result of centuries of religious and ideological conviction?

As you are probably aware, Traditional Orthodox Jewish belif is that the Torah was given to the entire Jewish Nation at Mount Sinai - and there are even logical proofs for this. 

The G-d given Torah explicitly prohibits any Jew from marrying a Non-Jew, see Deuteronomy 7:3. 

For futher discussion of this topic please see:
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/148995/jewish/On-Intermarriage.htm

With blessings, 
Hidabroot
 

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