There is no reference to excommunication or dissolving such marriages either in chapter 10, 13 or elsewhere in Nehemiah.Forced divorce and excommunication of foreign women previously married to the Jews of Israel does ocur in Ezra chapter 10.We also want to show the diversity of the Jewish people the rich and the poor, the famous and unknowns...
Carl Zimmer pointed me to a new paper, A genome-wide genetic signature of Jewish ancestry perfectly separates individuals with and without full Jewish ancestry in a large random sample of European Americans.
The title is so informative that pasting the abstract is almost unnecessary, but here is the conclusion which gets to the point: In conclusion, we show that, at least in the context of the studied sample, it is possible to predict full Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity, although it should be noted that the exact dividing line between a Jewish and non-Jewish cluster will vary across sample sets which in practice would reduce the accuracy of the prediction.
1899) which documents an event in Ukraine that the artist read about: a Jewish woman was attacked by members of her community for falling in love with a Christian convert.
Interfaith marriage in Judaism (also called mixed marriage or intermarriage) was historically looked upon with very strong disfavour by Jewish leaders, and it remains a controversial issue amongst them today.
This five-part documentary explores 4,000 years of Jewish history, starting with the origins of the Jewish people in the Middle East right through to present day Judaism.
The series researches the roots of the Jewish people, seeking clues about Judaism at the archaeological excavation sites, the centers of culture and in the written evidence of the Jewish Diaspora.
The most recent evidence of this came on March 1 when the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)’s General Assembly, in a historic move and by an overwhelming majority of 94 to 8 and one abstention, voted to pass a non-binding resolution allowing individual congregations to decide to grant membership to non-Jews.
The USCJ stressed that the resolution is meant as a way to bridge the gap between ancient laws and modern social changes.
While the full historical demographic explanations for this distinction remain to be resolved, it is clear that the genomes of individuals with full Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry carry an unambiguous signature of their Jewish heritage, and this seems more likely to be due to their specific Middle Eastern ancestry than to inbreeding.
There have been other papers which show that Ashkenazi Jews form a separate cluster from gentile whites in the United States.
The principle is essentially a general one, and the deuteronomic explanation doesn't clarify why it singles out the Canaanites in particular; one of the Talmudic writers took it to forbid all intermarriage with non-Jewish nations.