Almost half of Israeli Jews would consider marrying a non-Jew
if they lived abroad, a new poll measuring Israeli attitudes to Jewish life in the Diaspora has found.
Concerning delivering the babies of non-Jews
Maimonides distinguishes between goy and ger toshav [partial proselyte]: "We should not help non-Jew
woman (goya) give birth on the Sabbath, even if payment is offered.
The piece was written at a time when there were relatively few intermarriages in the United States, and it was still common for Jewish parents to sever all ties with and literally sit shiva for a child who married a non-Jew
. Since the second half of the 20th century--mainly as a result of greater secularization, assimilation and increased social mobility--American Jewish society has undergone a series of radical transformations.
However, as Rebhun explains: "With the entire population taken together and all socioeconomic variables held constant, being Jewish diminishes the likelihood of marrying outside the faith by 30 percent relative to being a non-Jew
Meyer, Martin A., [Undated], Jew and Non-Jew
, Cincinnati: Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Still, when the murdered was interrogated by the police, he told them that he heard his neighborhood synagogue's rabbis saying that the life of a non-Jew
had no sanctity.
The image of the non-Jew
in Judaism; the idea of Noahide law, 2d ed.
In the modern state of Israel, non-Jews
are called "goyim", a word meaning non-Jew
that also means "cattle." (2) Cattle may be useful animals, but they are definitely not human.
There is a focus on Judaism, but Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday life is meant to benefit readers of all faiths and backgrounds, be they Jew, non-Jew
, or even non-religious.
Re Ray Davies' predictable response to Holocaust Day (Viewpoints, January 21), speaking as a non-Jew
I would suggest that the Jewish experience under the Nazis was truly exceptional in the sheer scope, depth and fiendish administration of its concentrated assault upon people and deserves to be remembered always for its own sake.
See the discussion in Tony Kushner, "Jew and Non-Jew
in the East End of London: Towards an Anthropology of 'Everyday' Relations," in Outsiders & Outcasts: Essays in Honour of William J.
FRIEND The producers of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, for hiring gay non-Jew
Rosie O'Donnell to play wife to Harvey Fierstein's Tevye--the first out twosome to play romantic leads on Broadway.