Re: Israel PM under fire over son's Norwegian girlfriend
Originally Posted by PeteEU
Actually it is more mainstream than you think, especially with the elder population. I have had Jewish friends who dated non Jews and there was always grandparents and such who came with comments about the non-Jewish aspect of the person they were dating. I also reading a debate about Natalie Portman back when she was single, that she stated once that she could never marry a non Jew... and in the end she did marry a fellow Jew. And I would not put Natalie Portman in the "dumb blond religious nutjob" block.. Now that is not saying it is a majority that believe such things, but I think it is more than most people expect. Same goes for Muslims btw.
The 'taboo' (though that might be too strong a word) against marrying a non-Jew, especially one who wont convert is much stronger than just in the elderly population. As an atheistic Jewish twenty something I feel a sort of internalized opposition to the idea because of how big of an impact it has on your children and your 'legacy' is defined. It's one of those odd things where the kid who's Judaism is irrelevant to him will still be concerned about the religion of his would be spouse. It's way, way more common than you think.