The Jewish Reaction to Mark Zuckerberg Intermarrying

May 25, 2012 2:26 am 22 comments

22 Comments

  • Is that not racism, when a Jew is only allowed to marry another Jew?

    • I grew up thinking that, too. If all people are the same, why should one group be favored over the other? And if you favor one, doesn’t that mean another group is less worthy?

      But then I found out that around the time of Jesus, so many male Jews had died in war that rabbis ruled that Judaism would be passed on the mother’s side so the religion would survive. One reason, because women had no choice, all the men had died in wars, but the reason that still holds is because women teach children about their traditions.

      In other words, if it’s important to you want to have a Rosh Hashana and a Yom Kippur and to light candles and to tell the story of the Israelites in the Torah, if the mom isn’t into it, it’s unlikely to happen. Someone has to observe all these rules, to get it done according to the tradition, and that’s a lot of work.

      For all those couples who say, we’ll Christmas and Channukah, yes, it is possible to “celebrate” two entirely different holidays honoring two entirely different ways of life and lessons of history, sure, why not, if all it means to you is presents and a tree, but, once you scratch the surface belonging to two religions is impossible. Either you believe in one system, the universe created by the almighty, or the other, where like the Greek gods, the almighty gets a human pregnant to have god as man situation. As you can see, a Jew can’t buy that, which was Paul’s biggest problem when he tried to get the ancients to sign on.

      A Jew likes being Jewish, sees the value in it, and, if you’re smart enough to read the Torah every week, a Jew finds to answers to his problems today in that ancient book each time he opens it.

      Fortunately, many of those who intermarry also believe strongly in their Jewish past. When their spouse agrees that’s how they want to live, to raise their kids, to celebrate our set of holidays over those they grew up with, yes, it can work.

      But the Christmas tree and the Chanukkah menorah at the same time gets tricky, so there’s your answer.

    • No, anyone can become a Jew. I think even most Orthodox Jews in the tri-state area would have been (albeit grudgingly) fine with the marriage if now-Mrs.Zuckerberg would have converted.

  • I am a Jewish, Israeli-American who is married to a Chinese atheist who agreed before we married that we would raise any children Jewish. We have two daughters, the older one chose to attend a Jewish high school (Yavneh Academy of Dallas), then moved to Jerusalem, served three years in a combat battalion, and attends Hebrew University. My younger daughter attended Texas A&M, was active with Chabad, met her fiancé at a Chabad dance, and although she doesn’t consider herself religious, intends to keep a kosher home. So, I am far more concerned that Mark considers himself an atheist than the fact that he married a Chinese woman as far as him passing on his heritage.

    • Shouldn’t what concerns you, my brother, is more the fact that you care about Mark’s decision than comparing his decision to your own life?

      My brother – really? Has it come to this? You comparing yourself to another brother (jewish or not) about what you really think?

      HAS IT COME TO JEWS COMPARING OTHER JEWS TENACITY?

      PLEASE!

      PLEASE!

      REALLY?

      THIS IS NOT GOOD.

  • America is a melting pot, you know. Those of us who are “Christian Zionists” have run across some very atractive Jewish women from time to time. While I do respect the desire of many Jews to perserve their customs, traditions, faith and the like, can one really be critical of love?

  • I’m asian and a muslim.i’m not envy him because of his intelligence and i think he has to appreciate what God has gives Him because it just a few people who has a great brain like him

  • I am Asian. Muslim. Wasn’t in face book – nearly 3 years. Wish to make a comeback in business through facebook. Knew before that it was founded by a student while he was in Harvard. Only knew today that he is Mark Zuckerberg. A little to late to say congratulation for his marriage. Was a little reluctant to start business with the help of facebook knowing that he is indeed a Jew. From his look he is more Christian than Jew.

    My heart says he is God’s creation. The brain and knowledge that God has given him is precious. Therefore, let’s appreciate him as God’s creation regardless of race, religion and colour – as God bestowed anything He wishes whithout influence – single handed.

    To Mark Zuckerberg my the years to come brings happiness to you and wife. My God bless you both and may my wish to fly high again using your super genius internet creation is achieved too. Good luck.

  • ROBERT SKLAR

    These woman want a Jewish husband, they just don’t want them to be Jewish. Huh??? The heart and soul of a Jewish man requires a Jewish mate to return the emotional/spiritual energy he gives to her, otherwise that energy soon gets spent. The depleted man then seeks and engages in self-destructive behavior.

  • so amazing!! and so true!

  • another “jewish” husband bites the dust leaving a diminishing supply of available men. this leaves many women no recourse but to stay single or marry a non jew.

    • It’s this big trend in north america to date chinese. I live in toronto canada and the city is already like 60 percent asian and the few remaining european decent men all inter-marry with the chinese. they are easy and sometimes even pay for the men on dates. it’s just a lack of culture and forgetting about heritage on the mens part. I’m sure a lot of israeli’s would think twice before marrying chinese because of the hardship they go through and seeing how important it is to marry jewish.
      I hope this trend ends soon before we go extinct and all that is walking the earth is some form of asian.

      • The confusing thing about Judaism is that I can never tell when people are referring to the race or the belief. It shouldn’t be wrong to marry in to another race, but I believe that you have a stronger marriage when the couple shares a common belief. However, Judaism seems to be racially exclusive (not racist), and seems like it would be difficult to simply “believe” in the faith.
        Also, at what point do you stop measuring your percentage of Jewish blood? Does your faith not tell you that all men come from the same 2 people? What percentage is “okay” or “not” to the Jewish community? Do you have to have a -stein, -berg suffix name (which are German)? Do you have to “look” Jewish? Stop and think about how ridiculous the speculation can be as to “who’s Jewish”. How can an American even consider themselves as Jewish? You’re as far away from the promised land as you could possibly get.

  • Naomi Levin-Morris

    Love it!
    Keep the cartoons coming! Such a great way to put humor into every day news.

  • NOTE: His parents did not attend.

    MZ has a Jewish conscience, he chose to leave his identity behind claiming he considered himself an atheist.

  • Otto Waldmann, Sydney

    My Jewish way is to wish both Mazal Tov and enough wisdom to invest their future in the Jewish way….

  • Why single out Zuckerberg for opprobrium? fifty percent or more of non-orthodox American Jews intermarry. US Jews should ask themselves why the real Jewish Shoah of demographic demise is happening in the US, and why American Jews think so poorly of their own ancestry they have no interest in preserving it

  • Karsten Bannier

    Being the son of a Jewish mother & a non-Jewish father,I can relate to being the offspring of this type of union.It is confusing & difficult when one is young to find your true roots.Mazal Tov to the newly weds but I hope that they can give good guidance to their future children with regards to a religious upbringing.I’m not talking ultra frum,I’m talking about Jewish values & Jewish morals.

  • Matthew Kane

    Rabbi Levin, the Chabad shaliach to Palo Alto, has a little more gray in his beard. And he probably DID invite him for Shabbos!

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