Lumpy wrote:It just reminds me a little of 1950s justification for how Southern parents ostracized children that participated in interracial marriage, by tying it into defiance of their religion
Right, except that this was a cover for racism. The Jewish issue is not. Once again, we embrace converts (literally!). If Jew A dates Gentile B, and Gentile B converts to get married to Jew A, we regard this as not merely "maintaining" Jew A but gaining
New Jew B.
If two Jews get married under a chupah with a ketubah, nobody has legitimate religious grounds under Judaism to give a damn what they look like (though it is required that one be wife and the other husband).
Personally, I find myself agreeing with this bit from Ha'aretz
. Lots of Jews are "leaving the fold" because being a Diasporan Jew has become a bit too literally a matter of joining the right club. Religious fanatics and shtetl fetishists have taken over organized Jewry and firmly entrenched their early-twentieth-century notion of what it is to be Jewish: go to synagogue, obey the preferably Orthodox halachot, give (lots) to Jewish charities, support Israel (but don't actually make aliyah because that would stop you giving to your original community's Jewish charities
), speak Yiddish (which excludes the Sfardim and Mizrachim), get jobs working for aforementioned Jewish organizations, listen to klezmer music, find a Nice Jewish Girl or Nice Jewish Boy, get married, make Jewish Babies (capital letters spoken all throughout Jewish America), send Jewish Kids to Jewish day-school and summer camps, and finally send them to yeshivah, Young Judea, Birthright, or MASA programs to make the program tail-recurse.
As much as I utterly believe in Jewish nationhood and believe relatively strongly in the principles of the Jewish faith, doesn't that all sound monumentally stupid? News flash: when you take a people's culture from them and turn it into a fetishized parody of its former self instead
of allowing it to evolve naturally while
charing people large sums to participate in the parody, people run from it.
"With kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a graduate student."