Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson serves as the Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and is the author of The Bedside Torah.
Dear Rabbi: Conversion and Intermarriage
I know that many rabbis will not officiate at an interfaith marriage. But if the non-Jewish partner has converted to Judaism, is that considered a legal, binding union in the Jewish faith? Will most rabbis officiate the marriage of a converted Jew to a Jew? Or it still considered "interfaith" if one of the partners was not a Jew by birth?
Thank you for your inquiry.
According to the Mishnah (one of the earliest codes of Jewish law, and the basis for the Talmud), a convert is a Jew no less than is a person born Jewish, and to remind a convert of their former status is a sin. Consequently a marriage between a Jew who was born Jewish and a Jew who chose Judaism is not an intermarriage at all, and would indeed be performed by a traditional rabbi in accordance with halakhah (Jewish law). If a Jew and a non-Jew marry and the non-Jew subsequently converts to Judaism, then the couple could choose to follow up with a religious Jewish wedding ceremony (chuppah ve-kiddushin).
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