The Orthodox on Intermarriage, Continued


Yeshivas cannot admit the children of Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers unless the mother has properly repented, according to a rabbinical ruling quoted on My Jewish Learning’s blog “The Mixed Multitudes.”

While the Orthodox consider the children of Jewish mothers Jewish even if the father isn’t, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein determined that yeshivas should not accept these children and synagogues should not bar mitzvah these children because those actions “may easily be misconstrued as implicit approval of his parents’ lifestyle.” Amazing that the Orthodox are so antagonistic to intermarriage that they’d punish a child who’s fully Jewish by their rules because the child’s mother did something they disagree with.

In other news, the United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Outreach Institute recently partnered to create an online quiz that will help organizations determine how friendly they are to the unaffiliated and intermarried.

One thought on “The Orthodox on Intermarriage, Continued”

  • Two things:

    -“Bar Mitzvah” is not a verb. One becomes a bar or bat mitzvah (literally “son or daughter of a mitzvah”).

    – Regarding Orthodox schools not admitting children of intermarried couples: Why is it amazing that Orthodox schools would stand by their principles? The parents made a decision to not to live their lives within the boundaries of halacha so why must Orthodox schools accept this decision with open arms? Most Orthodox schools won’t admit children from Conservative or Reform homes either, unless the school is a very progressive Modern Orthodox.

    It’s not clear to me why every Jew is obligated to welcome intermarriage as norm.

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