Jewish Press: InterfaithFamily, which claims to be “the premiere resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities,” this week published its survey on “rabbi officiation,” which focused on the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) – the Reform clergy leadership organization; and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA).
And they were “thrilled” to provide those results, which – spoiler alert – suggest that the vast majority of Reform and Reconstructionist clergy have no qualms about adding more non-Jews to their fold without conversion. As the number of “interfaith” marriages grow, the number of real Jews in those movements declines. more …
Opinion: “For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God has chosen you to be a special people to Himself, above all people that are on the face of the earth” Deuteronomy 7:6.
“For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a peculiar people to Himself, above all the nations that are on the earth” Deuteronomy 14:2.
God made Abraham the father of the Jewish people (Genesis 17:5). They were/are to be separate from the nations:
“For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him;
There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations“
1000 years later, the prophet Ezra 9:1-2 blew a gasket over intermarriage:
“When these things were done, the leaders came to me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is mixed with the peoples of those lands. Indeed, the hand of the leaders and rulers has been foremost in this trespass.”
Some might say these are Old Testament writings that do not pertain today. Here is where they are wrong. Zechariah 8:1-23 is a beautiful description of what it will be like for the Jewish man when Messiah Yeshua returns to Zion.
In the last verse (23) the blessing that Isaac gave to Jacob over 3500 years ago will be fulfilled:
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Now some of my Jewish friends are going to be real upset with me, but an Edomite is a mixture of Jewish and Gentile blood, and these reform Rabbis should know better.