Tumblr user and New Yorker, SmileyMo, was in for a treat when his aunt decided to confront him about dating a non-Jewish girl. While he considers himself an atheist, his aunt... does not. He posted the conversation the two had via text in full on tumblr. There's a lot to take in here.
Without further ado...
Now, the aunt's concept of marriage and preservation of Jewish identity is most definitely illiberal and problematic. However, to provide a window of understanding, not justification, the concern for many Jews of a certain generation about preserving the Jewish lineage of the family, simply put, arises out of the undeniable fact that for centuries, people have tried to wipe us off the face of the planet to varying success. At this point, there are only about 15 million Jews in the entire world, or put in other terms, approximately 0.2% of the world's population.
Because of this, one can understand the concern of certain Jews about marrying outside the community, and having children who are not raised with any kind of Jewish identity, and in turn, leaving a branch on the so called Jewish family tree, bare. I'm not saying it's right to hold the view that this man's aunt holds, only that the picture becomes a little more understandable when this is considered. But no, no one will be inherently happier because they married within their ethnic group, and we're glad that SmilyMo decided to school his aunt on exactly why.
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