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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Worship, Conversion, Intermarriage (5/12)
Section - Question 10.5: Is objection to intermarriage a form of bigotry?

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                                  Answer:
   
   The traditional objection to intermarriage is simply that it is one of
   the 613 Mitzvot (commandments) that a Jew cannot and may not marry a
   non-Jew. Of course one may and should look for reasons for this
   Mitzvah, but the bottom line is that Mitzvot are done because they
   were commanded by G-d.
   
   Is this bigotry? Perhaps. Yet such exclusiveness is common in religion
   -- and not just Judaism. On the other hand, the dictionary definition
   of a bigot is "A person who is rigidly devoted to his own group,
   religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ."
   Although Jews are devoted to their own group or religion, they are not
   intolerant of the other groups. Rather, the attitude is "live and let
   live", and if one wants to become part of the Jewish community, one
   should join the community.

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