Paul Golin

The Flotilla And ... Intermarriage

Like many people, I’m feeling depressed about the Gaza flotilla fiasco.

The whole situation reminds me of that scene in “The Godfather” when Sonny Corleone impulsively drives off to beat up his wife-battering brother-in-law, only to be ambushed at a tollbooth by the rival family that has set him up.

The Intermarriage-Assimilation Myth

 Kudos to my friend Paul Golin of the Jewish Outreach Institute for his op-ed this week entitled “Intermarriage, Assimilation Are Not Interchangeable.”
To which I’d add my own mantras: “intermarriage is also not a disease or an epidemic” and “when preventing intermarriage becomes the primary focus of Jewish life, Judaism is reduced to little more than a glorified matchmaking service.”

Intermarriage, Assimilation Are Not Interchangeable

04/13/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

In a recent speech to the Jewish Agency, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed challenges to the Jewish future and said, “The loss of identity through assimilation or through intermarriage or through both is the greatest toll-taker of Jewish numbers in the last half-century.”

Netanyahu is not the first and won’t be the last to use the words “intermarriage” and “assimilation” interchangeably. A Google search for “Jewish intermarriage and assimilation” produces more than 500,000 results.

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