Judaism beliefs on interracial dating
And yet: in the case of Asian-American-Jewish marriages, Jewish identification — both religious and cultural — appears to be the norm.When Colleen Fong and Judy Young set out to study Chinese and Japanese Americans who had married whites, they found that 18 percent of those white partners were Jewish.In His Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke -37), Jesus told of a Samaritan man who was kind to a Jewish man even thought they were enemies of different religions, nationalities and racial backgrounds.
Many Jewish leaders frame this as “the problem of intermarriage” and assume that intermarriage means the loss of Jewish individuals and their children to the community. Sylvia Barack Fishman’s 2004 study of Jewish-Christian marriages suggested that only about a third of couples with children decided to raise them Jewish, and the 2001 National Jewish Population Survey suggested a similar figure across all Jewish intermarriages.Similar resorts to religion fueled legal opposition to interracial marriage – in some cases until quite recently.In the 19th and early-20th centuries, state courts in Indiana, Georgia and Pennsylvania cited religious reasons for preventing different people of different races from marrying each other.Now, in 2015, Michigan warns the high court that “[a] rational voter might worry about the law of unintended consequences, and might conclude that there is some risk that changing the definition of marriage to remove its inherent connection to procreation might undermine it in the long term as an institution for linking parents to their biological children.”Despite these parallels, attorneys for the states defending same-sex-marriage bans have resisted the comparison to bans on interracial marriage. Although the targets of this discrimination have changed, the reasons are the same.When Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan last year, the tech world was surprised at the unannounced nuptials. The American Jewish intermarriage rate has surpassed 50 percent for almost two decades, and the October 2013 Pew Research Center report puts the rate at 58 percent for marriages from 2000 to 2013.