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Jerusalem - Israeli Minister Likens Jewish Intermarriage To 'Holocaust'

Published on: July 9, 2019 04:30 PM
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Newly appointed Education minister MK Rafi Peretz speaks during exchange ceremony of ministers, held at the Ministry of Education in Jerusalem, on June 26, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Newly appointed Education minister MK Rafi Peretz speaks during exchange ceremony of ministers, held at the Ministry of Education in Jerusalem, on June 26, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel’s new education minister has likened intermarriage among North American Jews to the Holocaust in a recent Cabinet meeting.

A spokesman for Education Minister Rafi Peretz confirmed Tuesday that Peretz said that “assimilation is like the Holocaust” in a July 1 session.

Peretz is leader of a religious nationalist political party and former chief rabbi of the Israeli military.

Much of the American Jewish community abides by more liberal streams of Judaism, whereas Orthodoxy prevails among Israeli Jews.

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Relations between North American Jews and the Israeli government have been strained in recent years after plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall were scrapped in 2017, and over differing opinions about President Donald Trump.



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 Jul 09, 2019 at 05:08 PM commonsense99 Says:

99 % of North American non frum jews don't care about the mixed gender at the kosel

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 06:56 PM Anonymous Says:

This dumb Israeli should be concerned about Israeli Jewish women marrying Arab men; once that occurs, they are virtual prisoners in Arab communities, and are mistreated; therefore, he should clean up his own backyard first, and not stick his nose where it doesn't belong.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 06:12 PM Frumsanity Says:

One is spiritual the other is physical.... both are tragic and of epic proportions. The only Jews holding strong are the orthodox as the reform and conservative fall away.
Sad... Moshiach is needed asap bkarov

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 12:57 AM Mark Levin Says:

I guess all the ruchnios is going well in DibLand so he could talk about North America.


BTW, he's very very correct!

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:04 AM HeshyEmesiqq Says:

According to most Poskim; intermarriage does not lead to a single loss of a Jew. As Judaism follows Matrilineal lineage; then no matter how many goyim marry Jewish girls; nor how many Jewish boys marry shiksas. True, they may not know that their Jewish; not a single yiddishe neshama will be lost.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM Rudolf Says:

Reply to #5  
HeshyEmesiqq Says:

According to most Poskim; intermarriage does not lead to a single loss of a Jew. As Judaism follows Matrilineal lineage; then no matter how many goyim marry Jewish girls; nor how many Jewish boys marry shiksas. True, they may not know that their Jewish; not a single yiddishe neshama will be lost.

"Most poskim" ? Are you out of your mind? If a Jewish man marries (sic) a non Jewish woman the children are NOT Jewish! Never, finished, gone, goodbye! "Most Rabbis",,what a lie. You must mean most reform rabbis.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:05 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

So let me get this straight. It is OK to compare marrying someone to the Holocaust, but it is wrong to compare prison camps to the Holocaust. Is that how it goes?

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