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Where does the Torah prohibit Intermarriage?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Question:

I never realized it was against Jewish law to marry outside the religion - I went to hebrew school for 12 years and never learned that in the old testament or the Torah?

Answer:

It is unfortunate that your educators shortchanged you. Fortunately you now have the opportunity to learn on your own. 

In the Torah it is written: "You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son".1

In the Prophets it is written: "And that we shall not give our daughters to the peoples of the land, and we shall not take their daughters for our sons."2

In Jewish Law it is written: "The Torah forbids a Jew to enter a marital relationship with a non-Jew; be it a Jewish man to a non-Jewish women, or a Jewish woman to a non-Jewish man".3

It is evident (both in theory, and statistically) that when Jews marry non-Jews it is unlikely for there to be Jewish continuity. The Torah is a "realist". Thus, as part of its mission to guide Jews in perpetuating Judaism, the Torah prohibits intermarriage.

See also Why is it important for a Jew to marry another Jew?

Footnotes

  • 1. Deuteronomy 7:3
  • 2. Nehemiah 10:31
  • 3. Maimonidies laws of Forbidden Relationships 12:1

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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.