Saturday, August 07, 2010

Clinton wedding: Israelis angered by mixing of Goy and Jew, but advised to hold their tongues for fear of upsetting lobby "solidarity" welfare scam

The Jew and the shiksa

Op-ed: Chelsea Clinton’s interfaith wedding highlights Jewish attitude to intermarriage in America
( -- by Yisrael Wolman --

Quite a few Israelis (as well as Americans) felt a slight sense of unease this past week in the face of photographs of America’s new young couple, Chelsea and Marc, at their interfaith marriage ceremony. More accurately, they felt uneasy seeing the groom draped with a prayer shawl and wearing a kippah alongside his wholly gentile bride.

Many intriguing questions remained open in the wake of this wedding (for example, where were the groom’s parents, or what prompted distinguished rabbi James Ponet to join the farce.) However, the wedding also served as an exclamation mark – a fleeting, momentary flash of light – in respect to the attitude of young American Jews to their Jewishness...

Some of you may say that Marc may be comforting himself with the thought that his wife would choose to somehow convert after the wedding? Well, the likelihood of Chelsea choosing this option is low: It happens in only one of five interfaith couples...

The more interesting question is what we can do: Regrettably, it appears that we can do very little. This problem is the hot potato of community leaders: They understand that the key has to do with guiding the parents, initiating Jewish social ventures, and of course, high-quality Jewish education. Much of the money that was spared after the collapse of our brother Madoff is currently invested in this struggle.

On the other hand, we Israelis have the power, as always, to cause damage: Fostering our alienation to the world’s second-largest Jewish center, ignoring its feelings, and disparaging its means of worship may accelerate the assimilation process and crudely sever a possibly last source of hope and solidarity...MORE...LINK

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