Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. (Deuteronomy 7:3)
Who you marry affects every single aspect of your life. It affects your community. It affects your children. It affects all future generations. The Jewish home is the single most important establishment in Jewish life. It outweighs any synagogue or temple, even the Holy Temple built by King Solomon. By marrying a non-Jew one thereby ends over 3,000 years of Jewish continuity, effectively cutting oneself and one’s offspring off from what it means to be Jewish.
For Jews, “marrying within the faith” isn’t a cultural preference or prejudice. Rather, it is one the commandments G–d gave us at Mount Sinai. A Jew who marries a non-Jew transgresses a Torah prohibition.
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Bible reference(s): Genesis 24:3, Genesis 28:1, Exodus 34:12, Exodus 34:16, Deuteronomy 7:2-4, Deuteronomy 7:8, Deu. 22:10, Leviticus 19:19, Judges 3:6, 1 Kings 11:2, Ezra 9:1-2, Ezra 9:12, Nehemiah 10:30, Neh. 13:23-29, Psalm 106:35, Malachi 2:11, 1 Cor. 7:39, 2 Corinthians 6:14, James 4:4
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