Judaism: A Threat to Survival

Marrying outside the faith—even though Moses did it*—has traditionally been frowned upon by devout Jews. Some traditional families still mournfully recite the service for the dead when a rebellious son weds a shiksa. Nonetheless, the number of mixed marriages in the U.S. is at a level that may well threaten the survival of U.S. Jewry as a religious community. The reason: the Jewish partner often abandons his religious practice and raises his children in the faith, or nonfaith, of his spouse.

The few significant statistics on Judaism and interfaith marriages were summed...

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