Times of Israel: The rate of intermarriage among US Jews is “like a second Holocaust,” Israel’s new minister of education said.
Rafi Peretz made the statement at a cabinet meeting on July 1, Axios reported Tuesday, citing three people who were in the room. Peretz, a former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, is the leader of the Union of Right Wing Parties bloc.
Peretz said the assimilation of Jews around the world and mostly in the US was “like a second Holocaust,” and also said that, due to intermarriages in the last 70 years, the Jewish people “lost 6 million people,” according to the report, which added that Peretz’s spokesman confirmed the account. more …
Opinion: Moses (Deuteronomy 7:1-3) and Ezra 9:1-2 in modern day. In both cases, intermarriage was forbidden. The Jews were meant to be a separate people to the Lord “not reckoning themselves among the nations” (Numbers 23:9).
Even the Patriarchs, Abraham and Moses violated the law. As did Ishmael, Esau, Amalek and Solomon. The common denominator among the offspring of these mixed marriages was/is a self loathing of the Jewish blood. Israel’s fiercest enemies are from the descendants of these mixed marriages.
Esau’s (Edom) destruction is the only one mentioned at the second coming of Jesus (Isaiah 63:1-3), and Amalek, Esau’s illegitimate grandson, is the only one whom God swore to have war with generation after generation (Exodus 17:16; Deuteronomy 25:17-18).
The Talmud considers marriage between a Jew and a non-Jew as both prohibited and also void under Jewish law.
But what about today? Do the ancient rules still apply?
There are many different Jewish groups with strong opinions on the subject:
- Reformed Jews do not treat historic Jewish law as intrinsically binding
- Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis are not at all concerned about intermarriage
- Humanistic Jews see intermarriage as the positive consequence of a free society
- Orthodox Judaism follows the historic Jewish attitudes to intermarriage, and therefore refuse to accept that intermarriages are valid
I can’t help but wonder, however, which Jews will hear the call to return to the land at the end of the Gog Magog war:
“then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.” Ezekiel 39:28.
Perhaps Zechariah 12:10 provides the best answer …
“And I will pour on the house of David (royal lineage that leads to Jesus Matthew 1:1-17) and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem (common men/women) the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
… because the call home of the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be irresistible.