Incoming Jewish Agency head walks back calling intermarriage a ‘plague’

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The Times of Israel: The incoming chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel has said his remarks comparing intermarriage to a “plague” had been misunderstood.

On Sunday, Isaac Herzog had used the Hebrew word for “plague” to describe marriages in the Diaspora between Jews and those of other faiths and said there must be “a solution” to the issue.

The incoming chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel has said his remarks comparing intermarriage to a “plague” had been misunderstood. more …

Opinion: This issue of Jewish intermarriage has been strongly discouraged since the beginning. Genesis 24 records the account of Abraham, who sent his most trusted servant Eleazar to his home town to find a wife for the promised son Isaac, modeling how his descendants were to marry.

Esau marries outside the family line:

When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah”. Genesis 26:34-35

Jacob obeyed his father’s instructions:

“Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”. Genesis 28:1

Moses warned the people in the Exodus against marrying into the surrounding tribes:

“You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.” Deut. 7:2-3

When the Jews returned from captivity in Babylon, it was Ezra who admonished those who had married into the pagan tribes:

“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.”  Ezra 9:1-2

I don’t think Isaac Herzog was misunderstood at all.

As God has said:

I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

Therefore …

“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

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