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Friday, March 03, 2006
Deuteronomy 7:3:
You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son.
Baruch Marzel did something interesting and unusual today. At the end of the YNET article you will see that a number of people called him a racist for what he said and did.

In a step unusual for a politician, Marzel wrote a letter to an Israeli celebrity who is about to marry a non-Jew and told her that assimilation is wrong and dangerous for the Jewish people.

"I was pained to hear you intend to marry basketball player Jasikevicius," Marzel wrote in a letter to Aberjil. "I have nothing against Sharas, and he may well be a wonderful, charming man, but as long as he has not converted, you must not make such a move."

Marzel sent two messages in one, the first is that she should not marry a non-Jew, and the second is that if he were to convert then there wouldn’t be a problem.

The general response on the website was that protesting the mixed marriage was racist!

Yet everyone ignored that Marzel said that if the man were to convert to Judaism there would be no problem (true I’m ignoring what is involved with a proper conversion, but that is a different subject). Marzel certainly isn’t protesting this man’s race. He is protesting this man’s current beliefs and religion as incompatible with Judaism (for the sake of marriage).

Is it racist to demand that we retain the integrity of the Jewish people and our message of 3300 years? (No).

True, perhaps this lady doesn’t best represent the Jewish message right now, and (in this case) halachically her children will be Jewish, but this is her final step towards her personal assimilation and essentially another Jew who is lost to our people.

Sometimes one draws lines in the sand to clarify positions, yours and everyone else’s.

All good Jews (I said "Jews" not humans) should be on the same side of the line on this issue. Marzel’s side.

Perhaps we all need to work harder so that that the reasons are obvious to all Jews (even Israeli Jews) no matter how disengaged they may be from Judaism and Torah.

I think it is very interesting that Marzel took the time to write this letter.


Eitan Ha'ahzari said...

Marzel was certainly right when he made that controversial comment. I, myself am probably going to post on the story. In any case, I think this time the guy is right though I certainly don't support some of the other things he does(and says) and would never vote for his "Hazit."

the sabra said...

thank you for posting that, joe. glad i read it. it IS interesting that he wrote that letter. good for him.

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