In Hebrew School, they taught all of us little Jews that our people were God's "chosen people." They also taught us lots of other things, like how to read and write Hebrew, and which foods are kosher, but they didn't really do anything to prepare us for a lifetime of dating non-Jews.Probably because good Jewish kids are supposed to grow up and marry other good Jewish kids.Many Jewish men allow their parents to determine what kind of person they can and cannot marry, even if it means, as it does in Yair’s case, publicly shaming their partner of choice.

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If either the bride or groom is considered not to be Jewish enough, the rabbis do not allow the wedding to take place.

In this way, these rabbis practice eugenic engineering, preserving bloodlines.

For all of Israeli history, the power to determine who may marry and who may not has been held by a network of fundamentalist, ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

When two Jews want to marry one another, they must apply to the rabbis in the city where they live, and prove their mothers were born Jewish and their mothers’ mothers were born Jewish.

Reform Jews, who account for a majority of American Jews, support this perspective, but are shut out of power in Israel.

Their tolerance for Jewish/non-Jewish marriages is probably the biggest reason for their lack of influence within Israeli society..action_button.action_button:active.action_button:hover.action_button:focus,.action_button:hover.action_button:focus .count,.action_button:hover .count.action_button:focus .count:before,.action_button:hover .count:before.submit_button.submit_button:active.submit_button:hover.submit_button:not(.fake_disabled):hover.submit_button:not(.fake_disabled): Content Wrapper:after.hidden.normal.grid_page.grid_page:before,.grid_page:after.grid_page:after.grid_page h3.grid_page h3 a.grid_page h3 a:hover.grid_pageh1.layout_2col_main.layout_2col_side.__live_spinner.__live_spinner .__live_spinner_indicator.__live_spinner .__live_spinner_indicator . This is an arduous process, which requires one to live according to all the laws of Orthodox Judaism for a long period of time, and to be monitored throughout the process, and pass tests to prove unquestioning acceptance of all rabbinical rules.Another option for mixed couples is to have a civil ceremony in a third country, and return to Israel with a marriage license in hand.In the United States, for example, about fifty percent of American Jews marry non-Jews.