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Shalom TV, which bills itself as a “mainstream Jewish television network”, sent us an email entitled “Intermarriage Threatens Jewish Future.”
The enclosed press release described a roundtable discussion between some of the Jewish communal experts who are most alarmed by interfaith marriage.
In the Jewish community, we generally celebrate diversity of opinion on questions. You know the expression, “Two Jews, three opinions”? You know how the Talmud always cites the minority opinion in discussions of halachah?
Not on Shalom TV, so much.
Of course I agree that it’s a problem for Jewish people to lose connection to their cultural and religious heritage. Our mission here is to encourage Jewish choices and a welcoming Jewish community. That’s for interfaith families, of course–and I think, for everyone.
I’m just staggered. Is this really the best approach to involving Jewish people in their community? Not to encourage interfaith families to participate in Jewish life, but instead to join Dr. Bayme in being “agonized and worried”? That always brings them in to my schul. “Join us in agonizing worry about the future. Catered kiddush to follow.”
It’s depressing that this is still someone’s idea of mainstream Jewish discourse.
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