JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than two dozen Israeli rabbis' wives have signed a letter urging Jewish women not to date or work with Arab men.
The letter, which had at least 27 signatories, was distributed Tuesday by Lehava, a one-year-old organization dedicated to preventing intermarriage between Jews and Arabs.
The letter comes on the heels of another letter published earlier this month and signed by several dozen municipal rabbis calling on Jews not to sell or rent properties to non-Jews. That letter created a furor, sparking a host of condemnations from some Israeli political figures and numerous religious and community leaders in the United States, including the main Modern Orthodox rabbinical group, the Rabbinical Council of America.
"There are quite a few Arab workers who use Hebrew names," noted the letter from the rabbis' wives. "Yusuf becomes Yossi, Samir becomes Sami and Abed becomes Ami. They seek your proximity, try to appeal to you and give you all the attention you could ask for. They actually know how to be polite and how to act, making you believe they really care… but their behavior is only temporary. As soon as they have in you in their grasp, in their village, under their complete control -- everything becomes different. Your life will never be the same, and the attention you sought will be replaced with curses, physical abuse and humiliation."
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So when your grandmother told you not to date a non-Jew, she was being a racist? A nazi, even? Like nobody in all of Jewish history ever suggested that maybe marrying out of the faith was not a good thing?
Generally, the kind of Jews who date and marry non-Jews also don't really feel much attachment to Judaism. People who do feel strongly about their faith will want to look for partners who share their faith. The solution is to strengthen their bonds to their faith, not issue "Public Declarations" condemning interfaith marriage, as though, up till now, everybody was OK with it.
If Jewish men are really so disturbed by Jewish girls dating Arabs, maybe they should be more attentive and romantic so that Jewish girls will be attracted to them instead of to some "dashing sheik."
Likewise, why would a Jewish man want to marry Chelsea Clinton when he could have a mother-in-law like...The Vicious Babushka!